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[QUOTE=shambbles]Hello all,
Im a newbie. :)
4 months ago I was walking in the lobby of a local hospital when I slipped. When I stepped down on my left foot, I hit it just right as to dislocate my knee, tearing my ACL/PCL/LCL ligaments, broke the tip of my fibula and tore the peroneal nerve resulting in DROP FOOT. I was unable to have surgery as I was only 3 months out from having a HEART ATTACK. My Dr. initially told me I had to wait at least 2 years to see if the nerve would regenerate, but after having an EMG where the results weren't good he now says I can look into surgery sooner. I had 2 specially made foot braces but still can't get into a shoe. Im on elavil so the nerve pain is tolerable. Does anyone have any suggestions on alternative bracing? Surgery? Does it work? How Long will it take?
I realize my foot problem isn't life threating but not being able to walk and having HEART DISEASE IS a problem.
BTW.. im a 43yr old female who had NO previous heart condidions. NO high blood pressure, NO high cholesterol, NO family history, NO diabetes. I just didn't exercise and then some stress. (guess we all have that) So don't think it can't happen to you. Take care of those hearts. Its the #1 KILLER of WOMEN![/QUOTE]
Hi Shambbles,
I too have foot drop, results of back surgery in2002, have a afo, and if you have one please wear it all the time, as i did not have mine on one day and my ankle gave and now i have plates and pins in the both sides of my ankle. What makes me mad is I always wear it and was approching the chair it was sitting next too, and never made it. During the surgery for ankle I passed a blood clot in my lung and also dislocated my shoulder due to the fall, now facing another surgery for shoulder,rotater cuff and rips to muscle from hitting the floor when my ankle broke, but have to wait 6 months because of blood clot. I am on my 4th. none weight bering cast on ankle,because break is so bad, so please wear your afo,it happened so fast, and now all the pain, its like starting all over again,dont underwstimate foot drop, for it can cause more problems then you have now.
Best of luck cookie
Ladies, I don't know how I happened upon this site, but here I am.

In 2000, I got up to go to the bathroom in the night. My left foot had apparently "gone to sleep", but I didn't realize it. I took one step with my right leg, but when I tried to step with the left, it completely gave. I fell downward onto the wooden footboard of my bed. The fall dislocated my knee. I managed to get to a phone and call 911. I was in the hosp. for 10 days with a pretty serious knee surgery. They inserted 4 large pins (okay, they called them pins - I called them giant screws!) and then two long rods on the outside of my leg to immobilize it. I didn't walk for 3 and a half months.

Immediately following the fall, I had foot drop. The drs. seemed pretty sure it would come back, but after surgery they told me that a section of the peroneal nerve had been stretched from about 2 inches to 10 inches, completely destroying it. It's been 3 and a half years now, and within the last few months I've started being able to lift the toes just a bit.

I have worn an AFO all this time, and don't have any trouble walking at all - except that I have to wear boring shoes. I hadn't thought about not wearing it - I do walk around at home without it sometimes, but I'm very careful and I'm just so much slower that way, that I wouldn't really consider going without it any other time.

I haven't been to a doctor about this since being discharged after the surgeries and the physical therapy. What kind of test are you talking about for nerve damage, and specifically which doctor have you been talking to? the orthopedist or some other kind of specialist?

Thanks for your help.
[QUOTE=ctucker]Ladies, I don't know how I happened upon this site, but here I am.

In 2000, I got up to go to the bathroom in the night. My left foot had apparently "gone to sleep", but I didn't realize it. I took one step with my right leg, but when I tried to step with the left, it completely gave. I fell downward onto the wooden footboard of my bed. The fall dislocated my knee. I managed to get to a phone and call 911. I was in the hosp. for 10 days with a pretty serious knee surgery. They inserted 4 large pins (okay, they called them pins - I called them giant screws!) and then two long rods on the outside of my leg to immobilize it. I didn't walk for 3 and a half months.

Immediately following the fall, I had foot drop. The drs. seemed pretty sure it would come back, but after surgery they told me that a section of the peroneal nerve had been stretched from about 2 inches to 10 inches, completely destroying it. It's been 3 and a half years now, and within the last few months I've started being able to lift the toes just a bit.

I have worn an AFO all this time, and don't have any trouble walking at all - except that I have to wear boring shoes. I hadn't thought about not wearing it - I do walk around at home without it sometimes, but I'm very careful and I'm just so much slower that way, that I wouldn't really consider going without it any other time.

I haven't been to a doctor about this since being discharged after the surgeries and the physical therapy. What kind of test are you talking about for nerve damage, and specifically which doctor have you been talking to? the orthopedist or some other kind of specialist?

Thanks for your help.[/QUOTE]
Hi Ctucker,
Thats funny, my husbands friends call him Tucker, so I was surprised to see the name used. Well back to foot drop, mine happened after I had microdiscotomy in 2002, My dr. said I had 2 nerve roots he had to go between and that I would have tingling in my leg for a few weeks, and now over a year later I still have it, plus one morning in dec. around 6;00 in the morning my ankle gave out as I was going to the chair where my afo was and never made it, my ankle gave out and bent and broke and shattered my left ankle. Now with pins and plates and my 4th. none weight bearing cast, I await my visit to dr. feb. 19th, I am hoping he will give me a walking cast, but because I also fractured my left shoulder in the fall, I dont think I can walk with cruches, as I passed a blood clot during foot surgery, now have to be on comidun for 6 months, then he can do surgery on left shoulder. Also I have been able to move my toes from the begining, my emg showed very bad damage to the nerve, and I still have the foot drop. I am worryed that when the cast comes off, that my ankle does not give out again. I also wear my afo all the time, but just for that quick minute, all this happened, so always wear your afo, because mine happened so fast, I still can not believe all that is going on. Hope all goes well, and your foot recovers.
Best of luck cookie
Hi Shamblles,
I also have foot drop from back surgery in 2002, in dec. of 2003 i did not have my afo on and my left foot bent and cracked on both sides of my ankle,plus dislocated my left shoulder blade. As a result of this fall, I had surgery on my ankle(pins and plates ) on both sides, pain is still very bad (thank god for vicoden) . I wear my afo all the time now, fear of this happening again is more than I can bear. I have to have surgery on my shoulder, but have to wait, because of foot surgery I developed a blood clot in my lung, so now I am on coumoden for six mounths then he will repair my shoulder. I am so afraid of any surgery now because of the clot, but I have no choice. I have such pain in my ankle and leg, it is maddening, but I am glad just to make it thru the day. I will keep you in my prayers and hope all goes well with you, it would be nice to have a pain free day.
BEST OF LUCK COOKIE
Hi Kevin
I have what is called a afo, it is a support for my ankle, when I had my ankle break, I did not have it on, so I did not have the support, and my ankle gave out and I ended up with surgery with pins and plates in it. It still is very sore, I take vicodin for the pain, I also can see the pins sticking out of the side of my ankle, it is gross looking. I also go to the dr. today, also have to find out about surgery to my shoulder, that happened suring the fall, disslocated it, now i have tears in it, he will do surgery on that when i am off the coumidon, which I take now because i developed a blood clot after foot surgery, so if you know you have foot drop, make sure they fit you for a afo, it will support your ankle. best of luck cookie





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