Re: foot drop, AFO and shortened heel cord

You have the footdrop due to nerve damage. Yes, peripheral nerves can regenerate over time (slowly), but it all depends on the extent of nerve damage. And you can do all the exercises in the world and it will not strengthen your ankle dorsi flexion...it has a damaged nerve. There are no nerve impulses to the muscle. Your AFO is supporting your weak ankle, not causing your already weak ankle to become weaker. I suggest you wear your AFO as it sounds like you are setting yourself up for a nasty ankle sprain.
Why are you falling? Is it with your AFO on or off? Did they work on balance training?

Posted By M Scott PT on June 18, 2007 at 23:36:46:

In Reply to: foot drop, AFO and shortened heel cord posted by JK on June 18, 2007 at 19:34:37:

Disclaimer
Proven effective in the treatment of swelling and edema of the ankle joints. Controlled, uniform compression throughout entire effected area.

[ Follow Ups ] [ Post Followup ] [ Ask The Physical Therapist ] [ Disclaimer ]
Follow Ups
Post Followup

Name:
E-Mail:

Subject:

Comments:

Optional Link URL:
Link Title:
Optional Image URL:


[ Follow Ups ] [ Post Followup ] [ Ask The Physical Therapist ] [ Disclaimer ]
Disclaimer

    We offer you an opportunity to ask specific questions to knowledgeable professionals. Any information posted on orthopedicquestions.com is intended for general informational purposes only and is not medical advice, and should not be construed as medical opinion, diagnosis or treatment. See your health-care professional for medical advice and treatment.
Ask the Physical Therapist (Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainer)
Ask the Orthotist (Orthopedic braces and supports specialist)
Ask the Chiropractor (Back and Spine Specialist)