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How to rehab right leg and foot to be able to drive again

Question: I recently suffered a stroke on left side of brain, so it has effected my right leg. I have numbness in my right leg and foot. I had a car accident before I knew I was having a stroke, so am afraid to start driving again for fear of "Going Numb" again while driving. Although it has improved a bit since the stroke which was 2 months ago, I still lack feeling in my right leg and foot. I'm doing the leg exercises suggested in your therapy guide, but am wondering what specifically might be good for getting back to driving. Thank you.

Answer: I highly recommend that you look to see if there is driving rehab near you. There are many factors involved in driving that should be assessed such as your reaction time, your ability to manipulate the pedals, the ability to feel the pedals, your peripheral vision as well as other vision tests as sometimes these can be present after stroke without the patient even realizing it. Also, if adaptations need to be made, they can make recommendations for you. Here is a page where you can enter the country and state where you live to see what might be available near you (just leave the name field blank).

If for some reason you do not have insurance or the financial means to cover such services, I would check with government resources. In the U.S., this would be state resources (it's usually under work vocational rehabilitation or something similar).

Also, it's important to know the laws in your state about returning to driving after injury/stroke as there are laws/guidelines in place to address these situations, and you do not want to put yourself at unnecessary risk.

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