What Is Foot Drop (And How Can Chiropractic Help)?

Whether you’ve heard it of foot drop or not, it is important to know about for the sake of not only your foot and leg health, but for your lower back health as well. This may sound surprising, but it turns out that the lower back and the legs, thighs, and even the feet are all much more closely linked than you may realize. For instance, if you have ever felt a sense of tingling or numbness in your thighs, calves, or feet, the real health issue may not have anything to do with that region of your body, but rather, your lower back may actually be to blame. This is where the condition known in the medical community as “foot drop” comes in. Read on to learn more about this surprisingly common condition, based on some helpful information I picked up from an article that was posted by Spine Health.

I was inspired to do some more research on the many different causes of numbness in the feet when I recently found myself nursing a numb foot as a result of standing up after sitting for a long period of time. Thankfully, I didn’t end up having foot drop (just sat in an uncomfortable position for too long!), but I am glad that I learned a little bit more about the condition for future reference.

Foot drop is described by patients and medical professionals as a sense of heaviness in the foot, accompanied by general weakness of the muscles in the affected foot as well. This will often cause a patient to drag the top section of their foot while also bending the knee in order to lift the back part of the foot to compensate for any muscle weakness in the affected area. If any part of this is striking a familiar cord with you, here’s a simple test: try walking on your heels. If this is difficult, you may have foot drop. 

Foot drop is actually not a disease itself, but rather it is a startling symptom of problems in the lower back area. Chronic pain from an injury, strain, or health issue such as arthritis can all contribute to the development of foot drop. This is why it is such a good idea to begin seeing a doctor of chiropractic on a regular basis for weekly or monthly sessions. Chiropractic care can reduce pain in the lower back, therefore also reducing pain in other areas of your body. Over time, many chiropractic patients experience better overall health and a higher resistance to health issues in the future.

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