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Left foot feels heavy and numb, similar feeling in right foot. Case of foot drop. Any precautions to stop ?

My left foot feels heavy and numb. I have had a somewhat similar experience with my right foot. It had been a case of Foot drop where my muscle had been strained in a way where my muscle deteriorated and I couldn t lift my right foot at all. It took a few months before it solved itself, and many confused Doctors. I had a strange pain in my foot this morning and it has escalated to my left foot feeling, seemingly cold , somewhat numb, and throbbing while feeling much more heavy. The cause of my right foot drop was due to my crossing my legs while gaming on my laptop, could I have done the exact same thing with my left foot? Are there any precautions I can take to stop it again? I know you don t know the full story, and thats about all I can really tell, so it can be impossible to diagnose. But I would like an opinion. Thank you. - AAAAA
Asked On : Sat, 23 Feb 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

A permanent foot drop cannot be attributed to an injury to the common peroneal nerve just because of regular sitting in a cross legged position. This particular position might have caused a TRANSIENT heavyness and numbness in the foot owing to the concussion (pressure on the nerve) but complete foot drop will never happen as there is no physical injury (transection) to the nerve.

A nerve conduction study and EMG of the involved limb will help in diagnosing the problem.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Sun, 25 Aug 2013
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Spine Surgeon Dr. Niranjan Kavadi's  Response
Thank you for the question.

As you have correctly pointed out it is difficult to come to a diagnosis without seeing it. You will need a detailed clinical evaluation of the nerves as well as vascular system in the legs. Foot drop from crossing legs and then recovering after a few months is a little confusing and hopefully this is the same episode but I would suggest seeing a doctor to have detailed clinical examination and imaging as well as blood tests if necessary.

Wish you the best.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Het Ram Bishnoi 's  Response
Sep 2013
Thanks for the query to H.C.M. Forum.
This is not a story of foot drop ( in foot drop usually nerve paralysis).
You are right that it is very difficult to reach diagnosis with incomplete history of illness.
Diabetes, hypertension, level of B 12, lipid profile, HBA 1 C .
May be a case of neuropathy .
Requires arteriography of both legs.
Upload these reports.
Good luck.
Answered: Sun, 25 Aug 2013
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