Five Essential Tips If You Are Living With Foot Drop
Updated: Sep 20, 2018
Foot drop can be life changing. Foot drop mainly refers to muscle weakness at the front of the foot in which the toes do not lift high enough when waking causing trips, falls and uneasiness. It can be caused by many different things including stroke, trauma and spinal problems.
Here are five essential tips if you are living with foot drop:
Find an orthosis which is right for you – the good news is there are loads of great orthoses out there that can be fitted to assist in lost movement. It is essential you seek guidance from an Orthotist who can determine which one is right for you. It may be you need more than one Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO) to equip you for different activities. There are so many different types and it is so important you have one that suits your presentation.
Make sure you see your Orthotist at least every two years or sooner if you feel that things have changed or just to review your orthosis to make sure it is still suitable and safe to wear.
Make sure you have supportive footwear that you feel works well for you – most likely lightweight trainers will work better and you might want to have a lower opening style so you can easily put it on with your AFO.
You must stretch and strengthen what you do have. A good stretching and strengthening regime is a must with foot drop to keep you as mobile as possible. There are many resources out there that enable you to do this independently including materials online such as youtube and there are lots of great books in bookstores such as Waterstones. It is always good to consult with your GP to refer onwards to physiotherapy who will give you lots of advice.
You can join online forums for additional support which offer lots of great information such as women with footdrop and turbomed foot drop club on facebook.
If you need more advice on foot drop and how we can help you at Mac Orthotics – please get in touch.
Mac Orthotics is a specialised orthotic service based in Glasgow and offers clinical care and home consultations to address all your orthotic needs. We specialise in all levels of orthotic care. Orthotics assist in mobility, reduce pain and can correct prevent deformity when worn. Find out more about the orthotic services we offer.