Nerve Decompression Results in the Ability to Lift Foot Again and Walk Normally

Eric H. Williams MD
Specializing in reconstructive surgery and pain relief in the Greater Baltimore area.
"We are now approximately eight months from a decompression of the common peroneal nerve right below the fibular head. This was done for a foot drop, but this patient also had a ganglion cyst coming from the joint between the tibia and the fibula here. The cyst was growing down the nerve and causing pressure on the nerve, leading to a foot drop. He was not able to lift his foot up eight months ago. Can you show us how you’re doing now? Go ahead and lift your foot up for me. Up and down. Excellent. Again, up and down - fantastic. Eversion was preserved prior to surgery. Go ahead and move your foot outward. That was preserved before surgery. 
How much improvement do you think you’ve seen in your foot since eight months ago?" 
 
"I would say 70%."
 
"Very good. He lacks some muscle flexion because he actually has a fairly tight Achilles tendon and we’re still working on stretching this out and some additional range of motion will come back if we can stretch this out a little more. Are you tripping on your foot anymore?"
 
"No, not at all."
 
"Alright, very good. Thank you!"