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Causes of Drop Foot


After a stroke, many people suffer from a weakening condition known as drop foot. This condition is defined by the inability to lift the foot and toes correctly when walking, and there is a tendency for people to scuff their toes along the ground.

There are several causes of drop foot; a stroke might be one of them.

Drop foot is the result of missing signals from the brain to the nerves, which are responsible for lifting the foot. Those affected have to concentrate hard on every step. The effort involved and the feeling of uncertainty when walking can result in a reluctance to resume previous activities, and in some cases can cause social isolation.