Olive: I have delt with foot drop now for about three years, Mine is a result of sciatica or something that causes lower back pain plus pain radiating down my right leg.
I have had three "spine" surgeries in the past four years. The Neurologist I saw that did the EMG thought my condition was caused by diabetic neuropathy, I have been tested several times and there is no evidence of diabeties.
I am able to do without the AFO unless I walk too far and get tired, then my right foot becomes weak and before I got the brace I twisted my ankle numerious times, the foot becomes weak and I tend to drag it some and can easily trip over any small object like an acorn or small stone.
I have researched quite a bit and have not found any treatment other than an operation that fuses the bones in the ankle and foot to keep the front of the foot from decending, which I really do not want to do.
I have learned to walk pretty normal just by watching how I place my right foot. Any time I know that I will be walking any distance, like over a couple of blocks I do wear the AFO. I really need the brace if i am going to be off pavement, like out in the yard.
There were some studies in Europe some time back using some sort of electrical stimulation that looked like it might offer long term help, I have not found simular studies in the U.S.
I do take daily medication for the sciatica pain and tried Neurontin for the Neuropathy, it didn't help me at all.
Wish I could offer some magic for you, I had a scare several months ago when I started having the same sort of feeling or lack of feeling in my left leg. I went to physical therapy for several months and the problem seemed to go away. They didn't do anything with my leg or foot, just the lower back.
: I have been in the throws of peripherial neuropathy for a little over 3 years. This has solely and completely taken over my life. No matter where or what I do it has affected me so severely that I do little each day accept think of all the things that I want to do and can not do again.For a year, I have had tremendous pain assoicated with peripherial neuropathy.I have spent money and time in doctor's offices trying to find out what was wrong. I have gone from one doctor recently telling me that he thought, I
: cried with this one, that I walked on the foot wrong. Yes, I did walk on my foot wrong. Who would not be walking on the foot wrong trying to protect the foot from pain.I had an MRI and still no 'real answer.
: Finally, I was told to see a doctor in sports medicine
: and was diagnosed with Charcot's Foot, aka Foot Drop. Now, I learn that it is associated with diabetic neuropathy. I have been a diabetic only since May, 2003.My blood sugar level could not be better, with an average 3 month blood sugar of 98. I am left now in dismay,getting orthopedic shoes and compression hose.
: Completely tearing my heart out is the brace that is being made for me now for foot drop.I cannot bear the answer to this question.. am I going to 'drag' my foot eventually..???Foot drop.. what exactly is this..The man who is making my brace for me is a young man and he told me that I was in denial.He said it is the conditon my diabetes is in right now. I am frustrated beyond words and cannot for the life of me understand how I have become so sick in so short a time. I'm scared. IF anyone can help me understand this or if anyone can enlighten me on their experiences, I would like to talk to you.I am in the process of getting another pair of shoes with the brace being made. I do not know exactly what to expect. I would like to talk to someone..I have not ask the doctor this question.. will this condition improve in time or will I have to wear this lovely brace forever. Keep in mind, that if I am in denial, I am reminded of this every day and every moment I try to do anything..about 100 times
: a day or more. thank you!!!