Foot drop (also sometimes called drop foot) is a weakness or paralysis of the muscles that lift the front part of your foot. It can make walking difficult, causing the sufferer to drag their feet or lift them higher while walking.
There are many causes of foot drop. These include surgical procedures (hip or knee replacements, for example), which damage the nerve that controls the movement of the foot. Sometimes, foot drop occurs as a result of unpreventable causes and the sufferer simply has to manage their condition as best as they can.
Foot drop is almost always brought on as a result of another condition, and it may be that this condition ought to have been diagnosed, treated or prevented at an earlier stage.
One common example of another condition causing drop foot is cauda equina syndrome. This occurs when the nerves at the base of the spine are compressed. This must be diagnosed and treated immediately, or the patient could end up with serious long-term issues such as foot drop.
As mentioned above, negligently performed surgery which leads to nerve damage can cause foot drop, as can post-surgical infections which are not identified and treated in time.
Foot drop claims can arise in a number of ways, including:
Like any medical negligence claim, foot drop claims need to meet certain criteria. These are:
If you or someone you know has experienced foot drop as a result of medical negligence, which has led to pain and suffering, OP Law can help you seek financial compensation. Our experienced team will guide you through the complex legal process, ensuring that you receive the best possible outcome to your compensation claim. Click here to get in touch or call us on 01727 790510