If your toe drags on the ground as you take a step, it may indicate a drop foot. To compensate for the inability to lift or flex the foot, you may begin to raise your legs higher with each step. This is termed steppage gait. Causes of drop foot include weakened muscles or damage to the peroneal nerve which allows you to flex your foot. Non-surgical treatment may consist of a course of electronic stimulation or wearing a brace called an ankle-foot-orthosis, (AFO). The bottom part of this device supports the sole of the foot, while the top part attaches to the lower leg. In combination, the brace helps your foot and ankle operate more normally. In severe cases of drop foot, a surgical treatment called tendon transfer may be required. If a drop foot increasingly affects your daily activities, it is wise to consult a chiropodist for an examination, a diagnosis, and the right treatment options for you.
The biomechanics of your feet play an important role in your foot health. To learn more, please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility.
Foot biomechanics refers to the study of the structure, function, and motion of the feet. The feet and ankles are a complex system consisting of many bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons that work together to move your feet. Understanding the unique biomechanics of your own feet can help you and your chiropodist make informed decisions about your foot health care. This includes decisions about the best preventive measures to avoid foot pain, the best treatment options for various foot problems, and finding the best shoes for your feet.
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