Nerve Glides – Fibular Nerve

Nerve Glides – Fibular Nerve

If your foot drops when walking sometimes, then you might have entrapment of your fibular nerve. Here’s our favorite exercise that can help!

The common peroneal nerve, also known as the fibular nerve, is a branch of the sciatic nerve that runs along the outside of your shin. The fibular nerve is most often entrapped near the proximal fibular head but can also be irritated/injured secondary to various lower extremity injuries. An injury of this nerve may lead to a condition called foot drop where one has an impaired ability to raise their foot (dorsiflexion).

Once involvement of a possible herniated disc or central spine issue has been ruled out, fibular nerve glides may be effective at relieving pain, numbness, or weakness that extends down into the foot. 

To perform a peroneal nerve glide, you should:

1. Lay on your back with your hands under your knee
2. Flex your hip and extend your knee as much as possible
3. Bring your foot from a dorsiflexed/everted position to a plantarflexed/inverted position (up and out/down and in)
4. If this becomes easy, you may also flex/extend your neck while your foot is plantarflexed/inverted to build proximal neural tension

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