What is Peroneal Neuropathy?

Peroneal neuropathy occurs when the common peroneal nerve in the leg is injured. It may be damaged if the area around the knee is wounded or if there's been trauma in the hip. A problem with the common peroneal nerve often results in foot drop, which is the inability to lift the ankle, extend the toes, or to turn the foot outward.

Who gets Peroneal Neuropathy?

Anyone can get peroneal neuropathy if the common peroneal nerve is injured.

How is Peroneal Neuropathy diagnosed?

After taking the patient's history, a physician may perform an physical examination and an EMG. Depending on the circumstances, X-ray, MRI or other radiological tests may be needed.

How is Peroneal Neuropathy treated?

Splinting and bracing can be helpful in treating the foot drop while waiting for the peroneal nerve to recover.

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