Drop Foot

Symptoms of Drop Foot

The most visible symptom of drop foot is a change in an individual’s gait to accommodate the fact that his or her foot will not raise upward. This manifests in one of several ways: the toes of the affected foot are dragged along the ground with each step, or the person lifts his or her leg higher than normal to compensate for the foot’s inability to dorsiflex properly (commonly called “steppage gait”). In some cases, imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans or ultrasound may be required for diagnosis.

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