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5 Easy Tests for Foot Drop

Henry Hoffman
Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021
Last modified on October 26th, 2022


5 Easy Test for Foot Drop

Think you suffer from foot drop after a stroke or neurological injury? In this post, we will cover five easy tests to identify foot drop. Foot drop is a common symptom of many neurological and orthopedic issues affecting the lower leg. Most commonly, the peroneal nerve is the affected culprit, causing the lack of ability to lift the foot or toes off the ground. This could lead to a person dragging their foot as they walk, increase the risk of tripping or falling while walking, or cause the person to alter their steppage gait. 

The following tests are simple tests that clinicians use to determine if foot drop, also known as drop foot, exists and if specialized tests by physicians are required for further analysis or diagnosis. These tests are easiest with an observer but can be performed alone by setting up a recording device with sound. In addition, click on the video below if you’d like to watch these tests in action. 

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Foot Drop Recovery: Definition, Causes, & Recovery Solutions

Henry Hoffman
Monday, August 16th, 2021
Last modified on September 28th, 2022


Foot drop, also known as drop foot, is the inability to raise the front part of the foot due to weakness or paralysis of the muscles that lift the foot (National Institute of Neurological Disorders). It can be a temporary or permanent situation, so address this as soon as you see any signs. Foot drop is not a disease but a symptom of an underlying muscular, neurological, or anatomical disorder. This blog will educate you on what foot drop is, common reasons that it occurs, and also possible treatment options.

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Recognizing Occupational Therapy Month. Interview with Gina Kim MOT, OTR/L, CBIS

Monday, April 12th, 2021
Last modified on August 16th, 2021


April is Occupational Therapy Month. We sat down with Gina Kim to learn more about her OT career and journey. Gina Kim, MOT, OTR/L, CBIS, graduated Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2015 with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Kim is an Advisory Board Member for the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association and will start her new position as Neuro Occupational Therapist Clinical Specialist Johns Hopkins’ Sheikh Khalifa Stroke Institute in June 2021.

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I found Saebo on YouTube and it was my light at the end of the tunnel

Monday, December 14th, 2020
Last modified on October 19th, 2021


Person wearing SaeboStep adjustable AFO foot drop brace with bands attached to blue sneaker for walking.

Hello survivor, if you are reading this message, that means you know what Saebo is and what all the company has to offer. Congratulations! You are one of the lucky people who have the chance to recover and improve your life after a stroke or neurological injury.

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SaeboGlove Helps Walter Use His Hand Again!

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020
Last modified on September 6th, 2022


Open hand facing downward wearing a stroke rehabilitation SaeboGlove - closeup.

Walter was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy 14 years ago. He explains how the SaeboGlove helped him regain his hand function and how he was able to pinch again. Hear Walter’s story below.

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I salute Saebo for their products and follow-up support

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020
Last modified on October 19th, 2021


Person wearing SaeboStep adjustable AFO foot drop brace with bands attached to blue sneaker for walking.
I had increased weakness in my left lower extremity prior to lumbar back reconstruction. Following my surgery, I developed foot drop in my left foot. The SaeboStep was the only orthotic device that I could easily apply by myself each morning. It allows me to walk safely and continue with my rehab activities. It is a blessing. It is affordably priced, applicable to a wide range of shoes, and applicable without additional personal support. I have recommended it to several people suffering from foot drop for various reasons. I have also profited from Saebo’s website and the recommended exercises. I salute the Saebo company for its orthotic products and follow-up support.
— George T.

How to Treat Foot Drop with Electrical Stimulation

Henry Hoffman
Thursday, August 20th, 2020
Last modified on September 6th, 2022


foot drop treatment with estim

What is Foot Drop?

Foot drop, also known as dropped foot or drop foot, is the inability to raise the front part of the foot up toward the shin. This happens due to weakness or paralysis of the muscles that lift the foot (National Institute of Neurological Disorders). Patients who suffer from foot drop often scuff their toes along the ground; they may also bend their knees to lift their foot higher than usual or swing their leg out to the side to avoid hitting their toes on the ground. Electrical stimulation has been proven to help patients manage symptoms associated with foot drop.

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I am a true fan of Saebo products

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020
Last modified on October 19th, 2021


SaeboStim Micro Electro Mesh Glove

I am a true fan of Saebo products. During this pandemic, I am so great full to have access to products so that I can continue my physical therapy and rehabilitation on my own at home. My stroke was in June of 2016, four years ago. I was introduced to Saebo in April of 2017. I always wished I had discovered this therapy immediately after my stroke. It is a perfect solution for anyone who takes rehabilitation seriously and is motivated and willing to work for results. Initially, I had complete paralysis in my left arm and hand. I have been able to prevent contractures and actually increase the time range of motion of the upper arm and elbow, my wrist and fingers are regaining movement and I can now pick up some small objects and stabilize items with my left arm and hand. I am a big fan of the Saebo stimulation products. The SaeboStim Micro, for use during the night, and the wireless butterfly pads for daytime stimulations are both awesome. The balls routine and SaeboFlex have been most helpful, I find I can now manage about as well on my own as I could with the SaeboGlove. I definitely recommend trying these products, they can help you get to your next level, whatever that is!

— Susan T.

 

A Guide to Electrical Stimulation Therapy for Stroke Patients

Henry Hoffman
Thursday, July 16th, 2020
Last modified on September 8th, 2022


In simple terms, electrical stimulation is the sending of electrical impulses to generate a muscle contraction. This is usually done via surface electrodes stuck to the skin over the target area. The muscle contraction may be very small to help with pain or sensation, or it may be large enough to produce a visible movement at a joint.

Following a stroke or other neurological injury, you may be left with muscle weakness or complete loss of movement (sometimes called hemiplegia). You may also experience a sudden inability to perform everyday tasks, sensory loss, pain, or a combination of these symptoms.

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I am grateful to be walking better with the SaeboStep

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020
Last modified on October 19th, 2021


Person wearing SaeboStep adjustable AFO foot drop brace with bands attached to blue sneaker for walking.

I broke my left tibia on 10/17 and had severe nerve damage. I have a spring-loaded AFO. Both were very uncomfortable but were necessary for me to walk safely with my drop foot. I saw the Brad and Bob video on the SaeboStep and thought “what can I lose”?

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