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Conditions We Treat: Peroneal Nerve Injury (Foot Drop)

The peroneal nerve is part of the peripheral nerve system, and branches from the sciatic nerve in the leg. Injury to the peroneal nerve can cause foot drop, a distinctive way of walking due to an inability to bend the foot upward at the ankle. Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, ALS and leg or spine trauma can cause injury to the peroneal nerve.

Peroneal Nerve Injury: Why Choose Johns Hopkins

nerve anatomy system illustration
  • The experts at Johns Hopkins treat neurological problems ranging from the common to the very rare. More expertise ensures accurate diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan.

  • For peroneal nerve injury treatment, you will benefit from our multidisciplinary approach, with insights from neurology, neurosurgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation and orthopaedics.

  • Our holistic approach addresses the total well-being of the patient. You can rely on our experience, successful surgical outcome record and access to quality hospital care.


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Treatment for Peroneal Nerve Injury

Treating peroneal nerve injury and foot drop involves addressing the underlying cause. In addition, your doctor may recommend nonsurgical treatments for mild cases, including orthotics, braces or splints that fit inside your shoe and help you walk more easily. Physical therapy can also help you improve your walking and mobility.

For more severe peroneal nerve injuries, your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure to decompress the nerve, repair the nerve with grafts or sutures, or transfer other nerves or tendons to support function of your leg and foot.

Your Peripheral Nerve Surgery Team


Advanced Practitioners

  • Bronwyn Slobogan, P.A.
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