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What is the treatment for foot drop problem other than operation? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 11-Oct-2013
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User:My mother having foot drop problem
User:May I know it's best remedy apart from Operation
User:or exercise and diet which can help to recover
Doctor:Diet has no role in treating foot drop
Doctor:but exercises might help to some extent
Doctor:She needs to keep moving her foot in all directions
Doctor:first without any resistance to the movements
Doctor:and then slowly with increasing resistance
Doctor:It is not possible to demonstrate the exact ways in which she needs to exercise here due to obvious technical limitations
Doctor:You should consult an orthopedician to prescribe the right exercises and then consult a physiotherapist to help you with the same
Doctor:But before all that we need to find out the reason for foot drop\
what exactly happened
Doctor:and how did your mother develop foot drop?
User:She had some pain in left leg from few days... but she is not sure the day when this problem of foot drop started
Doctor:Did she suffer any stroke?
Doctor:is there anything else apart from foot drop and pain?
Doctor:Have you consulted with a orthopedic doctor?
Doctor:what did the doctor tell you about why this has happened?
User:no , nothing apart from foot drop and pain.
Doctor:and what did the doctor advise?
User:she unable to lift up toes
Doctor:In that case it is very important to find out the cause for this
Doctor:please consult a neurologist once to find out the exact cause
Doctor:and ask the doctor to tell you the reason for foot drop
User:She fell down two three times but she is not sure this is exact reson for this problem. She never noticied this.
Doctor:based on this we can decide what is the best treatment
Doctor:Did she hurt her left leg anywhere any time?
User:no major hurt
User:only minor...
Doctor:It need not be major
Doctor:even a minor injury can cause this
Doctor:particularly if the injury was to the outer aspect of the leg just below the knee
User:We consulted neourolosit at AIIMs as per him , operation needs to done
Doctor:If there is no functional problem then you don't have to go for a surgery as that will be of minimal help
Doctor:In that case you should follow the doctors advise
Doctor:there must be a strong reason why the doctor advised surgery
Doctor:If surgery was advised then it means the problem can be corrected by the surgery
User:but they can't confirm about it's success.
Doctor:so I suggest you follow what the neurologist advised you
Doctor:Of course no one will give you 100% guarantee about any surgery
User:yes..that I agrre
Doctor:particularly surgeries on nerves, you can never give any kind of guarantee
Doctor:That is the risk you have to be willing to take
Doctor:Is there anything else you would like to discuss?
User:no thank Doctor. Thank you very much..
Doctor:You are welcome
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