For over a year now I’ve been suffering what I describe as foot slap. My right foot works normally, rolling from heel to toe as I walk. My left foot slaps down after the heel hits the ground. Sometimes the whole foot just thuds down, rather than trying to roll from heel to toe. I’d always assumed that the problem was related to foot drop, but my neuro says otherwise. He tested my ability to resist him pressing my foot down and found no evidence of ankle weakness. My GP says that the muscles in my left calf are significantly weaker than my right calf.
Since then I have studied the way I walk. It seems that the problem is stiffness rather than weakness. The foot is almost stuck in one position when I’m walking. I’ve tried doing calf stretches, but that doesn’t make any difference. Has anyone experienced anything like this? If so, what was the problem and is there a solution. I’m currently receiving FES treatment but I’m beginning to wonder if it’s appropriate.