My foot drop started with a foot injury (insertional peroneus brevis tendonitis) in April 2016 that made me walk incorrectly and caused lower back pain. I was in terrible pain in May 2016. I fell 3xs before I realized there was anything wrong with my foot gait. I was diagnosed with foot drop in June. After x-rays, MRI, and EMG it was determined I only had degenerative disc disease with no bulges or herniations. I have very little ankle dorsiflexion and cannot walk heel-to-toe on my left foot. I've seen several orthopedists who want to do spinal fusion surgery with a long and difficult recovery and no guarantee of success. I have been prescribed a full ankle AFO but haven't gotten it yet. I don't want to "give in" to that yet. Currently seeing a chiro who practices acupuncture and have had a little improvement.
But I'm hopeful and will never give up. I'm glad I found a community to talk about my concerns and frustrations.