Dwyane Wade’s Foot Drop

February 18, 2014
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Viewers who expected to see Miami Heat’s shooting guard Dwyane Wade this past Wednesday got a last minute disappointment.  During warm-ups, he started having weird symptoms in his left foot and lower leg leading to what news reports have been calling a “mysterious foot ailment.”


He later spoke with reporters to explain what had happened.  “I was out for warm-ups and my foot got a little numb.  I started feeling a little something in my foot, getting a little numbness.  But you don’t think nothing of it.  As time went on it started going up my leg a bit,” Wade said. “The nerve on my leg was aggravated and shut down; weirdest thing ever. I was out there moving around and warming up, I couldn’t feel my foot so I didn’t want to jump on it.  It’s one of the most bizarre things…  Hopefully, the numbness wears off more and more as it started to do throughout the game and throughout the rest of the night.  I want this to calm down a little bit and get back to feeling regular.  By [Thursday] hopefully it subsides and we will go from there.”


Sunday’s All Star Game was questionable for Wade, and he said, “We will see. I’m not optimistic. I’m not pessimistic. I just want to get better.”Luckily for him, the symptoms slowly began to disappear.  “The foot is back, It ain’t dropped no more. It’s lifted. I’ve got to get my doctors to check it later on but it’s back to normal.  After I got off the plane, I started feeling a little better and had more movement in my foot,” Wade said. “As I woke up the next day, I had full movement in my foot and my legs. Like our trainers said, it’s going to go away on its own. We don’t know how much time it’s going to take.”


Wade is planning on playing for a short period of time in the All Star Game.


“Foot drop” is a condition that can be caused by a number of things including cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, stroke, injury to the nerve that sits just below your kneecap on the outside of your leg, and muscular conditions such as Lou Gehrig’s disease or muscular dystrophy.  The symptoms include numbness, weakness, pain, and dragging or slapping of the foot against the ground while walking.  These symptoms can be temporary or permanent, and need to be looked at by a doctor as soon as possible to prevent further damage. 


If you think you may have drop foot, contact Advanced Foot Care Centers for an appointment with Dr. Wilkins by calling: (423) 702-6453 in our St. Elmo location.



By: Kimberly Wilkins

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