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Yes, I have drop foot resulting from the surgery. None of the braces work for me because my left foot turns inward toward the left and the brace and shoe go to the right. I have an appt with the DOc. in DEc. for an EMG and hopefully decompression and or tendon transfer. I am going to Special Surgery for the EMG and to see a Neurologist. The nerve pain is terrible....
[QUOTE=Brainalley;4093342]Yes, I have drop foot resulting from the surgery. None of the braces work for me because my left foot turns inward toward the left and the brace and shoe go to the right. I have an appt with the DOc. in DEc. for an EMG and hopefully decompression and or tendon transfer. I am going to Special Surgery for the EMG and to see a Neurologist. The nerve pain is terrible....[/QUOTE]

Brainalley--I'm so sorry to hear of your discomfort. and yes, I also felt this terrible pain, which made me want to climb the walls :eek:. Although vitamin B6 doesn't help everyone, I did find that it took the edge off of the pain when it was very bad. Fortunately in my case, the pain did lessen considerably in time, and I hope you also follow the same path towards recovery. In the meantime, there are certain medications which can lessen your discomfort such as Lyrica and others, and your physician should be able to guide you in this area.

From what you've related in your posts, it seems that you have both an orthopedic and and a neurological problem, and that's a very difficult situation to be in. Special Surgery is the very best orthopedic hospital in NY state and the entire country, but my information about the neurological aspect of your medical issues still stands. For the best possible outcome in your particular situation, you should investigate further! By the way, the problem that I had was called peroneal neuropathy and not peripheral neuropathy, as I stated in a previous post.

As for the AFO / shoe issue, in one way or another, everyone with drop foot has difficulties in this area--it's just a matter of finding some crazy combination that works just for you. The Otto Bock Carbon brace is completely flat and does not surround or compress the foot in any way, so even if your foot turns inward, the brace would permit it to do so, while still supporting your heel and ankle and as much of the foot that stayed on the brace. The other half of this combination is the shoe, of course, and I found a totally elastic shoe by Orthofeet a perfect combination with the Otto Bock Brace. Both items are on the Internet, and perhaps there is some remote chance that this combination would work for you too,

The very best of luck to you in December and wishes for a full recovery and relief from pain---Tanya
Thanks Tanya8, I am allergic to almost every drug under the sun...all codeine based drugs, all serotonin drugs, Zofran, Prozac, they make me hyperactive. On top of that I am asthmatic. I looked up Lyrica and I rolled over from the side effects. So all these type of drugs are out for me. I have a high tolerance to pain killers and have no problem going off of them cold without any withdrawal. I don't drink alcohol or do recreational drugs.I was on anti-inflammatory drugs for years in the 1990's and they burnt out my stomach. Since then I take on one Relafen a day to coat my stomach so I can eat. I was on hydromorphone 2mg. for 4 months after surgery during my PT. The PT was not helpful at all and after 4 months I still could not raise my leg knee high enough to walk. I stopped all the pain killers for 7 months. During that time I tried to walk every day with a walker. The walker was unsuccessful as it caused my ankle to twist. I then went onto the AFO brace which ended up weakening my right ankle. I did this at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. They told me that some people have a problem with the AFO brace and if it weakens the other ankle then it will never work. So now I am using a Travel folding wheelchair. Where did you do the nerve decompression which hospital? Special Surgery or New York-Presbyterian Hospital, also the EMG testing????. I need to be surgically fixed because the bracing cannot ever work for me. The pain came back after I used the AFO brace and since then I am taking one hydromorphone a week which stops all the pain, nerve spasms, etc. I just was at DSW and found shoes by BORN which fit my twisted left foot.

I am a former shoe designer and it is clear none of the people designing the AFO braces have any experience in making shoes. It is ridiculous to design a brace that does not support the entire foot creating a proper foundation. The Otto Bock brace looks better but I found no reason at least in my case to have all that extra plastic up my calf-very uncomfortable- It should stop at the height of an ankle boot. My calves are all muscle-they do not need that extra support.

It was very disappointing to learn that there is a standard of care for drop foot after Total Hip Replacement - The doctor is required to send the patient for an EMG, not just give them an AFO brace. I spoke with Dr. Nath's office in Texas and his office told me because the doctor had not ordered the EMG after 4 months, that now a year later his procedure will not work-that I should go for the decompression and a tendon transfer. These are the only procedures that have any chance of working. This is called medical negligence.

I do believe that this is the basis for a class-action lawsuit for drop foot. So anyone interested, please email me.





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