Various neurologic or orthopedic conditions can result in a condition of the lower extremity called foot drop. Foot drop occurs when changes in muscle tone in the foot and leg affect coordination and strength resulting in an inability to flex the ankle or lift the forefoot.
It is important to treat footdrop. Why?
A small thing like not being able to tap your toes can seem inconsequential but, if left untreated, can lead to gait abnormalities, injury to the foot or leg, increased fall risk, or postural deformity. In order to compensate for poor foot control, people with foot drop adopt compensatory movements, such as excessively lifting at the hip or over-flexing the knee ― a pattern known as steppage gait. This gait pattern can lead to cascading compensatory postures throughout the body, which can lead to pain or impairments in other areas.
Decreased sensation in the foot often accompanies foot drop. As a result, when individuals with foot drop scuff their toes along the ground or bump against objects in their path, they can injure themselves without being aware. These small injuries can become worse with repetition or lead to infection.
How can I improve my foot drop?
Foot drop can be mild to severe, unilateral or bilateral. The first line of treatment often involves the use of a foot drop brace. The Neofect Drop Foot Brace is an ankle and foot brace that maintains foot dorsiflexion and prevents the foot from inverting during gait. With its ergonomic design, the brace helps individuals to walk more naturally by assisting with lifting the toes and keeping the ankle in alignment.
Different strap tensions are available to increase ankle stability. 3 high tension straps and 1 low tension strap provides appropriate support to improve gait. A 2mm foot pad provides support to keep the toes from clawing during walking. Compare to other foot drop splints, the Neofect Drop Foot brace is made of fabric material which is easier to wear and accommodates socks and shoes. The open heel design allows for increased sensation and motion during gait and activities of daily living.