New cutting-edge surgery provides relief for people with foot drop
A new surgery that involves an expendable, functioning muscle from the top of the leg and a nerve below the knee can give people with foot drop a new bounce in their step. "Foot drop is a condition where there is weakness in the muscles that raise the foot up at the ankle," said Dr. Kevin Varner, an orthopedic surgeon with The Methodist Hospital in Houston. "People with foot drop are unable to clear their foot from the ground when swinging the foot forward. This condition is often very embarrassing and is usually caused by trauma such as a knee dislocation or penetrating injury that damages the nerve."
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