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How is Drop Foot Diagnosed and Treated?
Drop foot may be caused by bone overgrowth in the spinal canal. It can also be caused by a tumor or cyst pressing on the nerve in the knee or spine. The following tests can diagnose these issues:
- CT scan
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies measure electrical activity in the muscles and nerves
Treatments for drop foot include:
- A brace on your ankle and foot or a splint that fits into your shoe to hold your foot in a normal position
- Exercises that strengthen your leg muscles and help you maintain the range of motion in your knee and ankle
- Stretching exercises to prevent stiffness in the heel
- Nerve stimulation
Dr. Kang may recommend nerve surgery if your drop foot is relatively new or severe. However, if your condition is long-standing, she may suggest surgery that fuses ankle or foot bones. Another option for treating drop foot is transferring a working tendon and attached muscle to a different part of the foot.