Is Pilates good for foot drop?

Q. Alex (female)

Is Pilates any good for foot drop?

A. Footdrop is often a sign of an underlying neurological, muscular or anatomical problem. It results from weakness or paralysis of the muscles involved in lifting the front part of the foot. 

In particular, the peroneal nerve – a branch of the sciatic nerve, which supplies movement and sensation to the lower leg, foot and toes – is commonly affected. Depending on the underlying cause, it can betemporary or permanent in some cases.

It is important that the underlying cause of footdrop is identified. Treatment for foot drop may include bracing or splints, exercises to strengthen the lower limb, electrical stimulation, and in some cases surgery. Physiotherapy can help with strengthening and retraining the lower leg to get it back to a regular walking pattern. Specific Pilates exercises can assist in some cases.

I would encourage you to seek further investigations into the cause of your footdrop. Once the cause has been identified, your local physiotherapist will definitely be able to help in rehabilitating and strengthening your foot to return you to normal walking.

Jason Lee APAM
B. Physiotherapy
Malvern East Physiotherapy

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Written by Jason Lee