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Old 08-04-2008, 03:20 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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My husband has what they call drop foot. He has other problems from the nerves in his back from an accident, like deadness in his leg, but the neurosurgeon doesnt know if he can help the foot. I figure its not his expertise so I would then need to get him to a foot specialist. Does anyone know if its fixable?
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Old 08-04-2008, 04:20 PM
 
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This is something that won't be handled by a foot doctor. Your husband needs a neurologist or neurosurgeon. The peroneal nerve controls the muscles that prevent footdrop and it is frequently injured at the knee where it's very superficial: you can even feel it, rolling it under your fingers at the lateral aspect of the leg (the part of the lower extremity below the knee) just at the knee. Also note this is not the PERINEAL nerve, which goes elsewhere - its the PERONEAL nerve.

What the neurologist will need to determine is where this nerve is malfunctioning: at the level of the spinal cord, at the level of the lumbar plexus (a group of nerves that innervate the entire lower extremity) or in the actual peroneal nerve itself. A foot doctor isn't trained to do this.

Hope this has helped.
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Old 08-04-2008, 06:17 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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The neurosurgeon is the one that sent him for the MRI's. He has a leg that's kind of dead and numbness in arms. Had brain w/contrast, cervical, and today mid and lower back. He is the one that saId foot drop had to be treated immediately or not at all. Didnt seem to think he could help him with it.
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