Foot Drop

What is Foot Drop?

Foot drop is a general term for difficulty lifting the front part of your foot. You may feel compelled, and even forced, to drag the front of your foot on the ground as you walk. Foot drop isn’t a disease in and out of itself, but is a sign for an underlying neurological, muscular, or anatomical problem. Foot drop can be temporary or permanent. Causes include nerve injury, brain or spinal disorders, as well as muscle disorders.

An ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) is often used to treat foot drop. If the foot drop is caused by hemiplegia, peroneal nerve stimulation can be an option. Foot drop due to direct trauma to the dorsiflexors calls for surgical repair.

Foot Drop

What are the Symptoms of Foot Drop

Common symptoms of foot drop include:

  • Difficulty lifting the front part of your foot
  • Pain in the foot
  • Weakness
  • Numbness on the shin or top of the foot
  • High stepping walk
  • Complete loss of function of the foot


What are the Treatments for Foot Drop

Our orthopedic doctors will use the best treatment to relieve your pain — so you can stop hurting and get back to your normal lifestyle.

Treatments for foot drop available at the Interventional Pain Management Center are:


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