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Offline stefk

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dropped foot
« on: September 22, 2006, 02:50:32 PM »
I had two total knee replacements at the same time - five weeks ago.The right knee results are perfect. The left knee is a diferent story. I have foot drop and pain under the knee (on the outsiide).
What advice do you have for me.

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Re: dropped foot
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2006, 10:03:17 PM »
I've suffered foot drop on both sides but don't think it's connected to my ongoing knee problems.  The first times was around 20 years ago and it was thought a lumber disc was the problem ; I wore a foot drop splint for some months and the condition gradually improved.  About 18 months ago I had a partial foot drop on the other side.  As I suffer from bil plantar fasciitis it was thought to be connected to that.  A foot splint again helped and the condition improved though I still have a very weak foot and limited mobility.  An MRI scan in March showed a serious fascia abnormality and my foot OS wants to see me four months after the bil knee surgery planned for October.  He hopes (so do I!) thatb this will slightly change the way I walk but if not he will consider foot fascia surgery - which hasn't a high success rate.  As I often limp from my foot pain as well as my knees I'm dreading the effect on my foot if I'm unable to weight bear on my other knee post-op.  It's a vicious circle. Hope you improve soon - it;s frightening when your foot suddenly becomes paralysed.
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Re: dropped foot
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2006, 10:28:10 AM »
Hi I have just been told I have foot drop due to serious horse fall. My leg is completely useless knee down, going for emg tests soon but when consultant did exam to leg 4 weeks ago he seemed to indicate it could be long term.............. panic any ideas or advice Amber :o

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Re: dropped foot
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2006, 04:08:58 PM »
Amber,

Please don't panic.  There is some really good kit out there for drop foot.  A friend of mine is a fully operational emergency services person and he has permanent foot drop in his right leg following a firearms incident.  There is very little he can do, with a splint.  He runs, drives a standard car and still cooks a great dinner.  I found information on silicone AFO's at www.dorset-ortho you may find it useful and possibly appropriate foryou.  Wishing you all the best.  (I also have fot drop but mine is slowly making some recovery, I have 10 degrees dorsiflexion but had nothing for 5 months).
2002 plica removal, chrondoplasty both knees and LR right knee. Derotational tibial osteotomy rt leg 07/04/06.  Awaiting for left leg to be rotated and have no more knee pain!

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Re: dropped foot
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2006, 07:31:01 AM »
 :) Hi thanks for reply, I getting the hint I'm on an American site which is fun.... am I right? I read that in USA a commen cause of foot drop is firearms? I take it he has aleft hand drive? Going to look on site you mentioned. How do you get on day to day with yours? Take care Amber

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Re: dropped foot
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2006, 07:37:39 AM »
Correction I realise you from uk lol

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Re: dropped foot
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2006, 05:42:46 PM »
Hi,

I am UK.  I have foot drop in my right foot and I can drive a manual car, I walk to work, I am about to buy a scooter for communting.  The one thing i have found difficult is riding a bicycle - don't know why but just don't seem to be able to keep my foot on the pedal??  Most things I can do.  I do have a stiff ankle joint from the amount of time in plaster and that makes stairs awkwrd but by no means impossible.  I fin swimming great exercise - and I feel normal in the pool - I am much faster now?  You take care and let me know if you are having any difficulties and I will do my best to find a solutin.
2002 plica removal, chrondoplasty both knees and LR right knee. Derotational tibial osteotomy rt leg 07/04/06.  Awaiting for left leg to be rotated and have no more knee pain!

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Re: dropped foot
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2006, 06:57:18 PM »
If you can get a referral to ORLAU at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Gobowen, Near Oswestry, Shropshire (UK) they can assess you and prescribe a suitable foot drop orthosis for you.  They are a specialist unit in a specialist hospital and I can thoroughly recommend them though the waiting list will be long.  Referrals are accepted from throughout the UK and beyond .
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Gilly

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Re: dropped foot
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2006, 10:35:27 PM »
Hi thanks for replies and help and I will def look into the hospital although mine being fab at mo. As regards driving I have no movement of feeling from knee to  toes............ I cant lift it even 1mm and I sat in my car but cant use pedals at all, are there differant degrees of foot drop, I cant even feel my skin. Having series of tests 23 oct and consultant 3 nov, thanks again Amber

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Re: dropped foot
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2006, 08:43:32 PM »
Yes, there are different degrees - my first drop foot was unable to move at all but the last one was only partial )GP said I couldn't possibly have a drop foot but the consultant said there are different degrees and mine was, fortunately, partial.  Mine varies from day to day and hour to hour ; sometimes it's droopier than at other times.  Hope you're appt goes well - I was able to drive with a foot drop orthosis so hope you get a suitgable one fixed up soon.  Keep us posted.
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Gilly

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Re: dropped foot
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2006, 07:05:38 PM »
I agree with Gilly as my report says I have foot drop - almost complete, therefore there must be degrees of foot drop, complete, nearly complete, not so complete and hardly complete at all - OK I am making these stages up but someone in hydrotherapy with me also had foor drop but hers was not nearlt as noticable and she did not wear a splint to walk.  Hope this helps. 
2002 plica removal, chrondoplasty both knees and LR right knee. Derotational tibial osteotomy rt leg 07/04/06.  Awaiting for left leg to be rotated and have no more knee pain!

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Re: dropped foot
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2007, 08:35:17 PM »
I am new to this fourm and would like to ask some questions if someone is kind enough to answer them for me.  I had a serious accident in September 06,was crushed by a horse.  I broke my pelivis ring in 4 places and shattered my left hip joint as well as serious internal trauma to my bowel.  I had life saving surgeory immediatley to remove alot of damaged bowel and was air lifted to a different hospital 4 days later for the pelvis and hip reconstruction.  During this surgeory the surgeon had to stretch my sciatic nerve which has resulted in total foot drop of my left leg, I apparently have damage to the L5 and S2 nerve.  I have no movement and no feeling in the leg from the knee down.  I have read alot of posts about   degrees of  dorsiflexion is this been able to lift the ankle?  I had a MRI scan 3 weeks ago, due to the amount of hardware in my pelvis and hip the images were unreadle.  Any success stories out there?  It has been 6 long long months but I am walking now, very badly.  I am swimming and and at the gym.  My entire left leg is very very week and very painful with nerve pain.  Any ideas how long this nerve pain will last?  It gets you down living with pain day after day.  Look forward to hearing from anyone that wants to chat.  Thanks Amanda 

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Re: dropped foot
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2007, 09:03:46 PM »
Hi Amanda,

It sounds like you have gone through a horrendous time over the last 6 months and you have done really well to come through. There is another thread that is active with a few of us that are at various stages of recovery from peroneal nerve damage and suffer from foot drop. You will find it in the 'Success Stories' section of the forum. Does your foot just hang from the ankle without the ability to pull your foot up towards you and also move your foot outwards? Have you been fitted with and AFO (ankle foot orthotic) to hold your foot up when you walk?

Unfortunately nobody will be able to tell you how long the nerve pain will last but there will be times that it is not as bad and then it will come back. We tell ourselves that when there is nerve pain it means that the nerve is repairing itself.

Goodluck
Hamish
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Footdrop
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Re: dropped foot
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2007, 09:07:26 PM »
Hi Hamish thanks for your reply
Yes my foot does hang from the ankle and I cant turn it in or out.  I have a AFO splint, am unable to walk without it as I have fallen over trying, im sure im not the only one that has done this.  How long have you had foot drop for?  are you still experiencing nerve pain?  Thanks for your info will have a look at the success stories.
Amanda  :)

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Re: dropped foot
« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2007, 09:11:41 PM »
Hi Amanda,

I have had footdrop for 7 months now as a result a dislocation of my knee that stretched the nerve. I still get nerve pain and this is always in my foot and toes. Is this where you get the nerve pain?

Hamish
Broke fibula and dislocated knee rugby training
Fibula repair and Posterolateral Corner reconstruction Sept 06
Footdrop
ACL reconstruction Feb 07