Review Article

Compression-Caused Peroneal Neuropathy: Commentary from a Biopsychologist

Authors: Su L. Boatright, PhD


Compression is the most common cause of damage to the fibular head, the site of most peroneal nerve injuries causing foot drop. Circumstances that give rise to these compression injuries include habitual leg-crossing and prolonged immobility. A review of the medical literature does not reveal the existence of a nationwide study that investigates the prevalence of compression-caused foot drop, nor does the literature contain encouragement to arrange medical practices to prevent its occurrence. Treatments for foot drop do not incorporate the use of sensory integration, specifically, use of the visual sense, during rehabilitation. Compression-caused foot drop may be preventable, a conclusion that would ultimately have important implications in the context of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.

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