Could anyone kindly please explain what foot drop is? My GP states its when the foot drags behind when walking.
My neuro says its when you cannot bring the foot upwards (e.g. you are sitting on a chair and your leg is stretched out and after you point downwards with your foot you then cannot draw it upwards towards your belly)
I have the neuro definition of this but it is so intermittent and just comes and goes - heat does not affect it and I have no clue as to what causes it. Is this actually foot drop as I can walk when it happens but just for a wee while, then I rest up and its all fine again?
I saw my GP - he thinks its musculoskeletal and has referred me for PT (appt next Tues) I saw a podiatrist some weeks back who undertook a 2 hour long assessment and emphatically stated that it was biomechanical. He said I had the tightest calf muscles he had ever seen (go me!) as I could not do a lunge against the wall at all. He gave me a bunch of calf stretching exercises. Over the last 6 weeks - my calves have loosened - no tightness at all and I can do lunges against the wall from 10cms back. Yet, intermittently, I still cannot draw my foot up with ease - its like its stuck in glue but just intermittently and this goes on to affect my walking for short periods.
I am hopeful the PT will work but I could really do with all you knowledable bods helping me with the definition of foot drop as I fear I (amongst many) may frequently use it erroneously.
I have posted anonymously as last time I posted about this I was pretty much told to face up to the fact that I have MS (not confirmed yet though) and it’s just a bit daunting as I just do not have the knowledge as although its been 2 years almost since my first episode, I do not have an MS nurse and have only seen a neuro twice (have had a couple of telephone conversations with them though) and whilst I thought this issue was my 2nd episode (thus confirming MS) the neuro stated that it wasn’t.
Anyway, I babble - any help on defining/describing foot drop would be gratefully received. Thank you.