Re: foot drop, AFO and shortened heel cord

I like, JS, have suffered"foot drop" following bi-lateral knee surgery. However, my foot drop is not as severe and I am able to maintain a 45* angle but now I have a heel contracture which causes me to walk on my toes and the outer edge of my footand ankle. My foot in turning "in" because of the nerve damage to the peroneal and tibial nerve. I am 5 1/2 mo post op and the EMG shows muscle activity to support walking but my foot is frozen. My ortho surgeon wants to lengthen the heel cord but a second opinion suggested I try botox and more PT which I have done with no improvement. Where do I go now ? A foot/ankle spesensoredt, should I try surgery to unfreeze my ankle and lengthen the heel cord or wait 12-18 months for the peroneal nerve to regenerate ? Or wait for total foot atrophy.

Posted By KG on August 27, 2007 at 19:29:19:

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

For Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis). The silicone insert fits next to the skin. The insert stabilizes the muscles and apply force to relieve epicondylitis.

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