The effects of foot drop palsy can be temporary or permanent depending on the cause of the disorder. If your child’s foot drop palsy was caused by a birth injury that resulted in damage to his nerves, treating the underlying cause of the injury could offer improvement. In many cases, successful treatments can lead to short-term dysfunction that improves over the course of months or years.
In other cases, where nerve damage is more severe, or your foot drop palsy is due to a spinal cord or brain disorder, foot drop palsy might become a permanent disorder. The nerve pain from permanent foot drop palsy can be very uncomfortable but will not shorten the expected lifespan.
Possible Complications of Foot Drop Palsy
If your child struggles to fully recover from foot drop palsy, some problems that might develop could include a decreased ability to walk and the possibility of a permanent decrease in their ability to feel sensations in the legs and feet. This lack of sensation might be coupled with weakness or paralysis in their legs and feet. Finally, if your child is prescribed medications to treat pain and discomfort, they might experience medication-related side effects.
How Your Baby’s Foot Drop Palsy Will Be Treated
In many cases, foot drop palsy is treatable. Treatments will vary with some taking longer than others to produce favorable results. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the treatment your child will receive will depend on the scope of the nerve damage they are experiencing. Treatment options may include one or several of the following:
- Exercises to strengthen lower leg muscles and assistive devices like splints, braces, and supportive shoe inserts.
- Orthopedic shoes or other medical orthotic devices your child will wear on his ankle and lower leg to keep them straight.
- Electrical nerve stimulation using electrodes placed on your child’s lower leg to send electrical impulses to the nerves.
- Surgery to transfer a tendon from your child’s healthy leg to their afflicted leg.
Foot drop palsy—temporary or permanent—can be a serious condition. In some cases, treatment might include corticosteroid injections that help reduce swelling and pressure on your child’s injured nerve. When foot drop palsy is a permanent disorder, your child might undergo surgery to fuse their foot and ankle joint.
Treating the Symptoms of Foot Drop Palsy
The amount of pain associated with foot drop palsy will vary from child to child. Treatments might also depend on whether foot drop palsy is temporary or permanent. Treating its symptoms can help treat the disorder overall or each individual symptom as it occurs. For example, some children might receive over the counter or prescription medications to control and alleviate pain. In severe cases, a specialist might explore additional pain relief options to ensure your child’s comfort.
Potential Causes of Foot Drop Palsy
Causes of foot drop palsy include an injury to your baby’s nerves. This injury is commonly caused by compression of the nerve. Disorders that affect your baby’s brain or spinal cord can also lead to foot drop palsy.
When your baby’s peroneal nerve is damaged, it can disrupt the myelin sheath that covers and protects that branch of your baby’s nerve cells. When the axon is also injured, it can cause more serious and severe symptoms in your child.
Schedule a Case Evaluation With a Foot Drop Palsy Lawyer
When your son or daughter is diagnosed with foot drop palsy, you can be left with a ton of frustrations and unanswered questions. Will my baby recover? Will they ever walk normally? Will they be able to run and play with other children their age? Is foot drop palsy temporary or permanent?
An attorney can help you find the answers you need and deserve. Your attorney can also help you identify the at-fault party and hold them responsible for the role they played in your child’s birth injury. Because foot drop palsy can be temporary or permanent, a birth injury lawyer can help you obtain a settlement for short-term treatment or lifetime medical care. Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at (800) 222-9529 for a free consultation.