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Hi GMAC...

:( drat is what I have to say for what you're going through right now...but in the end, I guess a wait and see approach is the best one to take. You never know what is going to happen, and perhaps this is where your foot will stay now for good. Also, never, ever, did I believe that any of this was your fault for not doing all the exercises...no one would ever heal if healing depended on patients doing everything their doctors said they should do...this is really true, and I'm a great example of it...on that note, my ankle was becoming kind of stiff, so I'm doing the exercises a little more frequently now, and they help---thanks for the reminder...:rolleyes:

By this time, you know me Graeme, always full of bright ideas, so be patient with me...perhaps your foot could use a little help like mine sometimes needs. I'm talking about the elastic around the ankle brace with the plastic piece that fits in the shoe laces...I don't even like referring to it as a brace, because all it is is a little assist that does an awful lot. It's very comfortable, you don't see it with pants on, and you wear your regular shoes (without stretching them out beyond recognition.) Anyway, this might be all you ever need, and it certainly beats other more drastic measures like surgery and horrible AFOs. In case your interested, it's called the Foot-UP brace by Ossur, it won't break the bank book, and you can order it online... just order it big enough...also, you can drive with it without taking it off...

As for the physio, I think that's a good idea, and even though your doctor's advice seems like a cop out, it's probably the best advice for now. By May you'll know more, but just waiting can be the most difficult and frustrating part of healing--believe me, I hate all the waiting too... by the way, sitting with your legs crossed is not a good idea, as far as I know, especially if you're crossing your foot drop leg. The peroneal nerve lies along the area that you're putting pressure on when you cross your leg, and I was told not to do this...

Please continue to let me know how you're doing, and take care---Tanya
[B]Hi Elandre[/B]...it's so good to hear from you---

Thanks for sharing your experiences of the past 7 months. If you notice, the name of this message board is Peroneal Nerve Damage ~ Dropped Foot! 3. Ive been posting since the first message board, Peroneal Nerve Damage ~ Dropped Foot!, and my first posts were anything but encouraging and positive---It has been a hard road the entire time, and only now in the past few months have I noticed positive dorsiflexion and movement. This is a condition that can really try even the most patient person, so hang in there.

From your post, I see that you are under the care of an orthopaedist, and I was too when I fractured my leg...BUT...the problems you are experiencing with dropped foot are caused by nerve damage, which probably occurred during your accident, along with your broken pelvis and hip socket. I'm not qualified to give medical advice in your situation, but from my own experience, the most important doctor that I saw was one super neurosurgeon. He diagnosed my particular problem and offered a surgical solution if I didn't heal on my own. As you probably know from previous posts, I had nerve decompression surgery, which really helped in my situation. I don't know if you've been evaluated by a neurosurgeon yet, but I would strongly recommend that you see one [B]soon[/B]. With nerve injuries like dropped foot, there is a window of opportunity to treat such injuries. If you wait too long, the nerve kind of quits and the doctors are unable to help you anymore. Also, please be aware that there is a world of difference between a neurologist and a neurosurgeon for this condition--- a neurologist basically monitors and tests and treats with medication. A neurosurgeon, however, is the doctor to see in order to assess you condition and suggest a surgical intervention that could really help eliminate the dropped foot. In my case, I can now walk with out a brace. I'm not perfect, and yes, I could even be better, but I'm a heck of a lot better than I was before. I'm really lucky to have found the proper treatment in time.

Although I am much improved in the pain department, I think this is something that I will always feel. Interestingly, my leg seems particularly sensitive before a snow storm, or when the weather is going to change. I took Lyrica for a while, but unfortunately for me, the side effects from this medication were worse than the nerve pain. I've found that certain exercises that I learned in physical therapy really relieve the pulling and strangling sensations that I feel in my lower leg, so I do 15 minutes of exercise every other day at home---not a big price to pay for such pain relief. The exercises involve an inexpensive slant board which you've probably already seen in physiotherapy, and if you're interested, just let me know, and I'll try to describe them in another post. Also, a comfortable AFO could really do a lot to relieve your discomfort... I used a carbon brace from [B][I]Otto Bock[/I][/B] which really helped when I needed it. I walked more, got more exercise, and that really made such a big difference. If you're not able to lift your toes and foot at all, walking must be exhausting for you.

Please take care and let me know how you are doing... Tanya
[QUOTE=pamela 43;4110734]Hi Tanya , I cant find any new news from you, how are you doing with the foot, you seem to give us all much hope, would be good to hear from you.
Cheers Pamela 43::[/QUOTE]

Hi Pamela

Sorry you've had such a hard time of it these past eighteen months. If you look at my previous posts you will know that I had drop foot after a broken leg and that I had nerve release surgery, which really helped in my case. I can walk without a brace and drive, but my drop foot is not as strong as my normal foot. I still think I'm healing and will see more progress.

Since drop foot occurs from many different causes, it's really difficult to say how one person or another will eventually heal. Also, I really don't know much about your situation, so it's difficult to have a dialogue about what you're experiencing. I can tell you that the healing of the peroneal nerve does take a very long time, whether you have medical intervention or not. For me it has been about eighteen months so far. Also, an AFO is supposed to help with your mobility. By using the foot and exercising it you keep your muscles toned and ready for when the nerve eventually does heal. Please take care and post if you have any questions.

Feel better--Tanya





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