Peroneal Nerve Injury
This injury is often caused by an injury to the leg.
This can happen with:
- A broken leg bone
- A knee injury
- Surgery to the leg or knee
- Ankle injuries
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Too much pressure on the nerve can happen with:
- Sitting position
- Cast on lower leg, mostly if it is too tight
- Blood clots, tumors, or other masses
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. An part of your exam will be checking how well your nerves and muscles are working in your leg. Your doctor may want to watch you as you walk.
You may need:
- MRI scan
- Electromyography (EMG) or other nerve conduction tests
Talk with your doctor about the best plan for you. You may have:
A therapist will work with you to strengthen your leg and foot muscles.
An ankle and foot brace is used to treat foot drop.
In some cases, surgery is done. This involves taking pressure off the nerve.
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