Foot drop after total knee
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KatieM

Corinne, UT

#1 Aug 25, 2011
Hello,
I am 45 and just had my second knee replaced. The first one went very well and the second one was great except....they crushed my deep peronial nerve during surgery and I now can't lift my foot!

I was in great shape going it to surgery so I hope that helps the recovery. It has been two months and I am getting a little tingling where my nerve was crushed.

Has anyone else sufferd from foot drop after a total knee and if you did recover, how long did it take? I am hearing at least six months.

Thanks,
Katie
B Diabira

Cheltenham, UK

#2 Jun 28, 2012
My husband had a total knee replacement yesterday. Day one today he has foot drop. The physio says it should go fairly soon. we have not come across this before and I am fairly worried.
Sandy

Morristown, TN

#3 Jul 3, 2012
I had foot drop after knee replacement a yr and half ago. It took about six months to walk normally again. My foot still gets numb and sometimes my leg aches down the outside of it. I'm sure this is from damage to my peroneal nerve. Looks like it's something I've got to live with.
Barb G

Philadelphia, PA

#4 Sep 17, 2012
Hi katie g I had knee replacement done 1/23/12 during the oper he fractured my femur and I got a drop foot. Its been six mos and no longer need the brace and I am driving again and I had extensive therapy. I still have numbness on my ankle and acoss the top of the foot and up my leg it is getting better except I still have jabbing pain and this effects my knee. I'm told anything associated w/nerve damage takes a long long time. I still need a cane when I am out of the house.
KatieM

Salt Lake City, UT

#5 Sep 17, 2012
The good news is that my nerve action has come back, about 95%! It took about 4 months to start getting any motion in my toes, but sure enough, it has almost all come back. The only thing I can't do is lift my big toe on the damaged foot as high as the other.

I get occasional nerve tingling in that leg but other than that, I am back to normal.

I met with a neurologist and her advice was to get as much exercise as possible - on the bike, walking and so forth - because that extra blood flow can help the healing.

So hang in there, there is hope for healing.
Alan

Port Perry, Canada

#6 May 6, 2013
My mom had a total knee replacement 5 days ago. She has foot drop now. We do not know if it takes long to recover or itÂ’s permanent. The good thing is she has a sense but the movement of ankle and tows is a problem now.
carole

Clearwater, FL

#7 Jul 10, 2013
Barb G wrote:
Hi katie g I had knee replacement done 1/23/12 during the oper he fractured my femur and I got a drop foot. Its been six mos and no longer need the brace and I am driving again and I had extensive therapy. I still have numbness on my ankle and across the top of the foot and up my leg it is getting better except I still have jabbing pain and this effects my knee. I'm told anything associated w/nerve damage takes a long long time. I still need a cane when I am out of the house.
Did your dropped foot ever get better again . On the 3rd day after surgery i had numbness in that foot it has been 7 mos, now and it hurts when i am laying down to go to sleep . I also have diabetic neuroaphty . Which adds to the discomfort . I need a cane to walk and have difficulty standing .. How long did you get improvement if at all .? Than You for a reply .
carole

Clearwater, FL

#8 Jul 10, 2013
KatieM wrote:
Hello,
I am 45 and just had my second knee replaced. The first one went very well and the second one was great except....they crushed my deep peronial nerve during surgery and I now can't lift my foot!
I was in great shape going it to surgery so I hope that helps the recovery. It has been two months and I am getting a little tingling where my nerve was crushed.
Has anyone else sufferd from foot drop after a total knee and if you did recover, how long did it take? I am hearing at least six months.
Thanks,
Katie
It 7 mos for me i have very little improvement . IIt feels rerrible to touch the dead part of my foot . I hope it will get better some day .
Shirley

Glen Allen, VA

#9 Aug 12, 2013
Hi everyone, I had bilateral knee replacements on 3/19/2012. they were done simultaneously, to surgeons. The left replacement resulted in a foot drop. I was told the nerve would grow back in 3mos, then 6 then a year then 2 years. To date,
I still have the foot drop and the pain associated.
The top of my foot and the outer leg hurt 24/7
am taking neutontin 3 times a day which helps with the leg pain, nothing help the pain on the top of my foot. I wear a brace and walk with a cane. I have learned to live with it, unhappilly of course.
I was recently told my a neurologist that the nerve is not going to regenerate. Im 58 yrs old
My ortho surgeons do not acknowledge the foot drop.
by the way I have not seen the surgeon to caused the foot drop. Im stuck. gonna sue hard time finding an attorney. my quest continues. Im a nurse disabled now.........and out of work. no one will hire me, Im a fall risk now. It just keeps getting better.....
Mary

Washington, DC

#10 Dec 19, 2013
Hello, I had total knee replacement surgery on my right leg on 10/07/13, the physical therapist at the hospital discovered that I could not move my right ankle and toes the next day. She then contacted the doctor that did the surgery, and was diagnosed with "foot drop" I have never heard of such.They sent me to do some nerve test and then gave me the brace to wear in my shoes. It has been over two months now and with extensive therapy I am able to move my ankle a little better but not my toes. All five of my toes on right foot cannot move forward. I cannot lift my toes forward even till this date. I do not know how long it will take for me to regain the use of my foot. My big toe is the weak, kind of lame (just hanging down).
ROCHELLE

Harrisburg, PA

#11 Dec 26, 2013
My mom had a Total Knee Replacement on 12/9/2013. the doctor recommended the 'Nerve Block'. Today make almost 3 weeks and she is still having a hard time walking getting in and out of bed well she is sleeping in a recliner. she can not stand with out assistance or her walker. When she take a step its like she has to tell her brain to lift the leg she had the surgery on. its very limp and dropped foot. we have to help her out the chair walk with her. the bottom of her leg is numb and she has some tingleing in it and her foot leans to the side when she has it elevated. not sure what happend during the Nerve Block or Surgery. but my mom know's something is not right. she mentioned to me yesterday do i think she had a stroke and the doctors didnt tell her. oh GOD we just want some answers. HELP!!.
Terri73

Oil City, PA

#12 Jan 4, 2014
Mary wrote:
Hello, I had total knee replacement surgery on my right leg on 10/07/13, the physical therapist at the hospital discovered that I could not move my right ankle and toes the next day. She then contacted the doctor that did the surgery, and was diagnosed with "foot drop" I have never heard of such.They sent me to do some nerve test and then gave me the brace to wear in my shoes. It has been over two months now and with extensive therapy I am able to move my ankle a little better but not my toes. All five of my toes on right foot cannot move forward. I cannot lift my toes forward even till this date. I do not know how long it will take for me to regain the use of my foot. My big toe is the weak, kind of lame (just hanging down).
I would like to tell you my experience. I had a total knee replacement on June 25th, 2011. It has been 18 months and I have no relief. If anything instead of it getting better, it is getting worse. I am so sick of this. After my surgeon screwed up my surgery he immediately left town and went to another state. I have no movement of my toes. They are stiff. I cannot move them up or down. I was told it could have been the cpm machine that I had on for 3 weeks. If you had a spinal and the cpm machine is used you cant tell the dr. if it is hurting you. Which is exactly what they think could have caused some of my problems. I hired a lawyer last July and I am suppose to find out within the next 3 days if they will take my case. It is a lawyer who you don't pay unless you win. They have spent 55.000 getting all my records so far. They have an orthopedic surgeon reviewing them now to see if we have a case. I have a brace in my shoe. My knee hurts terribly. I feel like I never should have had it done. My only problem was when I squatted I couldn't get back up. I think the dr. was just money hungry. But anyhow I should know in a few days if we have a lawsuit again this dr. who screwed me up for life. Yes the articles say it should be gone by up to 2 years. Mine is worse. Will keep everyone updated on my footdrop. I am not far off of the 2 years either and nothing. So glad I found other people in my situation..at least now I know I am not the only one..hope you all get better and keep me posted ..Thank you !!!
fmm1224

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Jan 29, 2014
I had TKR of left knee June 2013 and suffered foot drop from surgery. I talked to my PT and he said to practice pulling both feet back toward my body. He explained that the brain sends message to the muscles to move the foot even though the nerve won't respond. In October I began to see slight results and now I can move my left foot just fine. After I started seeing results IIn October checked on line for foot exercises and did them on my own and began to see improvement much faster. I still have numbness in my ankle and top of my foot near my big toe but it seems to get a little better each week. When the surgeon told me there was a chance I would never get the use of my left foot back, my response was "bet me". I think my attitude that I was determined to get movement back was a big part of the hearling process.
EMay

Saint Cloud, MN

#14 Feb 21, 2014
I had right total knee replacement surgery in October 2013. Had immediate foot drop, went throughan EMG and was told I had "serious damage to nerve" and "it might take up to two years to show improvement or maybe never." Because they cover the complications before surgery which includes foot drop filing a law suit is almost never successful. I am a nurse and now wear a leg/foot brace, have a cane to use, and have to take Neurotin for the nerve pain and tingling. I also keep moving my feet toward my body and I do think I am moving my toes better but the muscles below my knee are now feeling very tight. Attitude is huge for healing so I keep moving and praying! But I am not having my left leg done!!!
PCLrepair

United States

#15 May 3, 2014
Hi, I just had PCL reconstructed 5 days ago. I am scared! I can't "will" my foot to flex toward my head. It just stays there, and numb on the top of my foot. The surgeon was concerned after my second day post op. He said there was alot of scar tissue around the perineal nerve area. What should I be doing to keep the foot drop from being permanent, while I wait until the swelling goes down?
I need support, I'm scared!
I am very concerned. My shin hurts more than my knee right now. It's been 5 days.
PCLrepair

United States

#16 May 6, 2014
Here I am, 8 days post op. the pain is excruciating from my knee to my foot! I'm going in to see my surgeon today instead of a two week post op visit. I'm not sure what to expect, but when my leg hangs down, and the pain meds wear off in about 2&a half hours, the pain is unbearable. Anyone have any suggestions or help? I am very scared, because my knee feels a lot better but its my pain from my knee to my foot that is the
trouble. I also have foot drop.
Tom hansen

Moline, IL

#18 Aug 1, 2014
I had a knee replacement 6 years ago and had foot drop soon after.
The knee part has worked fine but the ankle has no stability and I
cant stand or walk without using 2 canes and the ankle has never
gotten even a little bit better. I wish I had never had that done no
matter how much pain walking. I should mention that I have had a
artificial left leg since I was 13 years old (I am now in my 70s).
This makes the nerve damage all the worse for walking.
Nancy Mrs Claus

Maitland, FL

#19 Aug 16, 2014
Hi, I had a left total knee replacement on 7/21/14, while in recovery I noticed that I could not move or feel my left foot. I don't know if anyone else had a nerve block along with general anesthetic? Never saw my surgeon until the evening of discharge, we told him about the foot drop, he tried to blame the nurses that they must have had me positioned wrong, It has taken my PT therapist 3 phone calls to get an order for an AFO brace and he still will not order a nerve conduction test. Think we are going to sue.
This is not good for Mrs. Claus to have to use a cane to walk.
manico0

UK

#20 Aug 29, 2014
KatieM wrote:
Hello,
I am 45 and just had my second knee replaced. The first one went very well and the second one was great except....they crushed my deep peronial nerve during surgery and I now can't lift my foot!
I was in great shape going it to surgery so I hope that helps the recovery. It has been two months and I am getting a little tingling where my nerve was crushed.
Has anyone else sufferd from foot drop after a total knee and if you did recover, how long did it take? I am hearing at least six months.
Thanks,
Katie
Hello Katie,
I had total TKR eight years ago in 2006 - the right knee in July and the left in October.
Of course the pain associated with my knees before the operations disappeared immediately apart from post operative pain which I expected.
However, since those two operations I have developed SEVERE FOOT DROP IN BOTH LEGS, and several other problems have appeared, mainly that I have been diagnosed as suffering from AXONAL PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY. This news was and is devastating to me, as due to the bad foot drop which has developed and affected my gait considerably, my hands and fingers have been also been affected, and being a professional violinist this has not been at all good news!
I have had a fair amount of blood tests since my operations and it has been discovered that I have ABOVE NORMAL MEASUREMENTS OF COBALT AND CHROMIUM in my blood.
It turns out that my replacement knees are fabricated out of these two metals and they were manufactured by DePuy. This is the company who have been in trouble in recent years for faulty hip replacement joints, which have had to be replaced due to the toxicity they have caused in patients who have been fitted with them.
I could go on with this story but I should like to know if ANYBODY ELSE HAS HIGH LEVELS OF CHROMIUM AND COBALT IN THEIR BLOOD, because I am convinced that my high levels are the cause of my peripheral neuropathy and other problems.

Since: Oct 14

Cicero, IL

#22 Oct 23, 2014
Shirley wrote:
Hi everyone, I had bilateral knee replacements on 3/19/2012. they were done simultaneously, to surgeons. The left replacement resulted in a foot drop. I was told the nerve would grow back in 3mos, then 6 then a year then 2 years. To date,
I still have the foot drop and the pain associated.
The top of my foot and the outer leg hurt 24/7
am taking neutontin 3 times a day which helps with the leg pain, nothing help the pain on the top of my foot. I wear a brace and walk with a cane. I have learned to live with it, unhappilly of course.
I was recently told my a neurologist that the nerve is not going to regenerate. Im 58 yrs old
My ortho surgeons do not acknowledge the foot drop.
by the way I have not seen the surgeon to caused the foot drop. Im stuck. gonna sue hard time finding an attorney. my quest continues. Im a nurse disabled now.........and out of work. no one will hire me, Im a fall risk now. It just keeps getting better.....
I have pretty much the exact same problem you have, Shirley. My double knee replacement was in May 2012. I had foot drop, and damage to the peroneal nerve, numbness and severe pain, both in my left leg and foot and also in both knees. They knees are very stiff. And to top it all off, I developed lympedema from the waist down. I have about 40 to 50 pounds of fluid and nothing I have tried has helped. No attorney would take my case, so I am stuck with it. My knee surgery ruined my life. I feel for you, I really do, and I hope that you are doing better since your post.

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