Current Concepts In Diagnosing And Treating Drop Foot

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A Guide To Common Foot Drop Etiologies

• Hypothyroidism
• Lymphomas
(Hodgkin’s or non-Hodgkin’s)
• Guillain-Barré Syndrome
• HIV infection
• Cytomegalovirus infection
• Diabetes
• Megaloblastic anemia
• Intracranial tumors
• Brain lesions
• Tumors of the head and neck
• Trauma (direct injury)
• Antineoplastic drugs
• Spinal cord compression
• Direct peripheral
nerve invasion
• Autoimmunity
• Obesity or weight loss
• Idiopathic
• Local tumors such as ganglion or synovial cysts
• Nerve sheath tumors (schwannoma)
• Neurofibroma
• Bone tumors
• Postural (prolonged squatting, sitting or kneeling)
• Prolonged hospitalization
• Bed rest
• Internal surgery
(positioning on table)
• Ankle inversion/sprains
• Orthopedic (fibular fractures)
• Cast immobilization
• Tibial plateau repair/fracture
• Knee arthroplasty
• Hip surgery

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Author(s): 
Nicholas Romansky, DPM, Kelly Scollon-Grieve, MD, and James G. McGinness, CPO

   For further reading, see “Key Insights On Tendon Transfers For Drop Foot” in the May 2009 issue of Podiatry Today. To access the archives, visit www.podiatrytoday.com.

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