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  • Posted By: Energymom
  • June 29, 2007
  • 01:56 AM

Hi all, For the past seven months I cannot walk like a normal person. My right foot cannot raise it's toes in normal gait. I can walk on my heels and walk on my toes and bring my toes up while I am sitting. I have strength in pushing my foot from side to side and up and down. I have had an MRI, and EMG, physical therapy and have seen three ortho docs, none of whom know what I have. One said "drop foot", one thought "leg length discrepency" and one thought "shortened achilles tendon". Tomorrow I go see a chiropractor to see if she can help me because none of these doctors know what to do with me. Any suggestions?
Thanks!

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  • have yo had any injuries to your back? my mom had a disc break off inbet in the nerve root which caused her to have "foot drop"
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  • Thanks for replying. They did an MRI which did not show any back problems. How did they find your mom's disc problem?
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  • You should see a neurologist. You either have peripheral nerve damage or damage to your lumbar. If you have already seen a neurologist, find another and get a second opinion. You mentioned you had an EMG, did you also have a nerve conduction test? My understanding is the NCT helps determine where the damage is coming from.Your problem is too complicated to put in the hands of a chiropractor. I have bilateral neuropathies and disc damage and some of the chiropractors were doing things that were not helpful and could have made things worse. A good PT will help. Ask around until you find someone who can tell you their PT worked "miracles". Also, you should be strength training your upper body and doing some "core" work. Be sure to start at a beginner level and slowly work your way up, if you do not already work out. Working your upper body will take pressure off your lower back.
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  • hi im in england had the same problems since I was young they gradually worsened over the years have just been diagonosed with lupus, fibromyalgia, IBS, raynaurds, carpal tunnel and nerve damage in hands, the hands diaognosed years ago, but the other only recently, I am now 52 years old.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 17, 2007
    • 09:14 AM
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  • Sometimes gait problems are brain related. Did you have an MRI of the head?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • October 18, 2007
    • 09:13 AM
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