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What is Foot Drop


What is Foot Drop

Foot drop is a condition that affects the leg, foot or ankle. It can be caused by many different things including nerve injury, muscle or nerve disorders and brain and spinal cord disorders. Symptoms can be painful in the affected area, difficulty walking or standing up from sitting down for long periods of time. Foot drop is most often diagnosed with an examination.


If you have trouble lifting your heel off the ground then you may have foot drop.

What Causes Foot Drop?


Foot drop can be caused by many things. The most common cause is nerve injury to the leg, foot or ankle that may come from an accident or other trauma to the area.


Other common causes of foot drop may include:


Nerve Injury


The most frequent reason for foot drop is compression of a nerve in your leg that controls the m