drop foot and plantar facia

My mother was in a drug induced coma for 2 months following complications with heart surgery. During that time her right foot started pointing down (like a ballerina on her toes) and became very stiff and immovable. Also her toes curl under. The left foot is less severe. The doctors told us she had drop foot and that it's a result of "too much tone" being transmitted from the brain. A rehabilitation doctor has told us it is very severe and could take up to 10 months or longer to improve. Everything I've read on drop foot sounds different. We do stretching excercises every day, yet when we finish the foot goes right back to it's original position. We have special orthopedic elevator shoes with braces to get my mother to stand, walk, and stretch the heels down towards the floor. It is excruciatingly painful. Is there something else we could be doing? Any new techniques, surgeries, o perhaps a treatment we haven't heard of yet? Any help on this would be much appreciated. Thank you.

Posted By Bennet on March 13, 2006 at 00:40:21:

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