1.) Do you long for the days when you could walk without a limp?
2.) Do you wish you could do something about this problem?
According to the Mayo Clinic, foot drop is not a disease, but rather a generic term for “difficulty lifting the front part of the foot.” In addition, they indicate that “footdrop is a sign of an underlying neurological, muscular, or anatomical problem.”
Sometimes a foot drop is temporary. In other cases, foot drop is permanent. If you have foot drop, you may need to wear a brace around your ankle and foot to keep your foot in a normal position.
So what now?
You may have wondered to yourself… “will this all go away”? Do I have to deal with this situation all my life? – These are fair questions and we can understand your concerns if you have foot drop or any other walking problem.
So the time for pity is over. The next question is “how can I face a foot drop and cope with this condition?” Now we’re getting somewhere. There are a number of different treatment options that can really help people with foot drop. Some can help you walk better naturally, but there are no guarantees with this method. Other highly effective treatment options include using a brace called an AVO, or even the WalkAide system.
2.) Home Remedies
Rest is the old-fashioned way to heal our bodies. As you already know, rest can take you only so far. Ultimately, the potential to heal must be present. Sometimes the potential is there, other times not. For example, if you’ve injured your lower back and expect it to heal, the sciatica you’re feeling now and the resulting foot drop may go away over time.
3.) Effective treatment options, which do not include surgery
The EVO mentioned above is a very useful treatment option that can certainly help people walk better again. No doubt. It is usually made of low profile plastic and fits inside a shoe. These braces are provided by a braces specialist called an orthopedic instrument maker. These individuals can provide you with a custom-made EVO or a ready-to-use version. Not only that, they can help facilitate a claim with your health insurance on your behalf. This means you may not have to pay a dime out of pocket (depending on your coverage levels).
Another system, called the WalkAide, is getting a lot of attention in the medical community. It is an FDA-approved device that helps people with foot drop by stimulating your peroneal nerve with impulses. It can raise your foot in this way while you walk. Not everyone qualifies for this device, but many people do.
Note: This is health information. While it is good information, it is always a good idea for a person to talk to their local licensed orthotist when it comes to medical advice on braces and the WalkAide.