Foot Drop

Foot drop (or drop foot) describes a condition in which you are unable to lift the front part of your foot, which causes the toes to drag on the ground.

Symptoms of Foot Drop

  • Change in gait--to avoid dragging your toes on the ground, you may find yourself lifting your legs higher or extending them in a wide arc
  • Inability to lift the front part of your foot
  • Numbness in the affected foot or in its ankle
  • To test yourself, if you are unable to walk only on the heels of your feet, you may have foot drop

Causes of Foot Drop

  • Adverse reactions to drugs, including alcohol
  • Muscle disorders such as Lou Gehrig's disease or muscular dystrophy
  • Neurological disorders such cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, or stroke
  • Nerve damage due to childbirth, diabetes , hip or knee replacement surgery, spending lots of time sitting cross-legged or squatting, or sports injuries

Treatments for Foot Drop

  • Custom-made orthotics --NOPA offers more than 150 unique possibilities
  • Lightweight braces
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery

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