What causes foot drop? I woke up with it with no symptoms. Please help. I feel so alone. I have foot drop in both feet.
I am so very sorry to hear this. I also have foot drop. At Washington University in St. Louis I understand they are doing "nerve transfer" surgery. This might be your best bet. Look into it. I'm going to. Good luck to you and God bless you!
I don't know if you still follow this discussion board, but I just joined this site and saw your post. I had surgery last year to detether my spinal cord and woke up with a paralyzed left foot. Like your doctor, mine said something similar in that surgery went well and all the monitors were fine during surgery. It wasn't until, I was being closed up that one of the monitors went crazy and he wasn't sure why. As a result, I now have foot drop because the L5 nerve suffered trauma during surgery, likely the pooling of blood at the root. Now the nerve has to regrow from the spinal cord down to my foot. With the rate of an inch a month growth, it will take 2.5 years to get down to my foot. It's been a year, and an EMG shows that my nerve has reinervated into the muscle at my hip which is good news, but there is still a long way to go. My neurosurgeon called a peripheral nerve clinic to see if he could refer me to see about tendon transfer surgery and was told that I need 4/5 strength in my ankle to be a candidate for that surgery which seems a bit ridiculous. I am interested in finding out about nerve transfer surgery, but as of yet, I have no knowledge of who does it other than John Hopkins.