I was stopped in traffic in 2009 and rear ended, two days later a sharp pain
shot down my leg and 2 days after
that I had complete foot drop. I like to call my gait, like a gazelle, it is not nearly that pretty, but it helps to cope. I had surgery in January 2010 to help the nerve decompress, and had therapy until December of 2010. I no longer have complete drop and am able to walk in shoes with a slight heel, this encourages the heel of your foot to come down before your toes.