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Foot drop is a condition characterized by the inability to lift or move the foot and toes. It is characterized by the failure to clear the ground when you take a step, forcing the need to have a marching gait when walking. Foot drop typically results from nerve injury, such as sports injuries, keeping the legs in one position for a long time, or peripheral neuropathy. Certain surgeries, including hip or knee replacements, also may increase the risk of foot drop. Treatment approaches vary, depending on the underlying cause and the duration of the condition. Exercises to strengthen and stretch the muscles of the leg and foot can help to improve mobility. Additionally, braces, splints, or custom orthotic shoe inserts can provide support and maintain proper foot alignment. In some cases, electrical nerve stimulation devices may be employed to aid nerve function. Surgical interventions, such as joint fusion or nerve repair, may be considered for those with permanent impairment. For help with managing foot drop, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a full examination and an accurate diagnosis to determine what the proper treatment is for you. 

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Anthony Ricciardi Jr., DPM from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. Our Doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Las Vegas, Nevada . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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