The treatment for foot drop will depend on what its underlying cause is. A patient may wear a brace or splint or undergo physical therapy. Sometimes, surgery is necessary to correct foot drop, especially if the foot drop is relatively new.
“Surgery is going to be performed to try and decompress the nerve, or release the pressure on the nerve, so that it can regain function,” Dr. Riggenbach says.
If that doesn’t work, a nerve transfer can be performed to try and restore function.
“These [treatments] all meant to restore the ability of your foot to elevate when you walk so you can take proper steps and stay active,” he adds.