What is dropfoot?

Foot drop is caused by weakness or paralysis of the lower leg muscles that lift the foot.  Common causes include traumatic injuries, stoke, and neurological disorders.  Depending on the cause of it in each individual, foot drop may be temporary or permanent.


What are the symptoms?

-Dragging the front of the foot when walking

-Difficulty lifting one's toes or front part of the foot

-Frequent incidence of stumbling or falling

-The foot "slapping" the floor with each step taken

-Pain, weakness or numbness in the toes or foot

-Higher than normal bending of the knees and lifting of the 


-Inability to voluntarily point the toes upward and/or move the 

   ankle from side to side


Can it be treated?

Yes, foot drop can be treated!

There are many causes and treatments can differ on a case-by-case basis.  Treatment options range from conservative options, tendon transfers, and innovative surgical techniques such as Targeted Nerve Transfer.


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