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Causes of Drop Foot

Drop foot is the inability to lift the foot and toes properly when walking. It is caused by weakness or paralysis of the muscles that lift the foot. This is often caused by the missing correct signals from the brain to the nerves controlling the muscles in the lower leg. It is therefore often present in combination with other body and joint problems contributing to an impaired gait pattern.

Drop foot can lead to significant difficulties with walking, such as reduced walking speed and increased risk of falling or tripping. Safety and stability, particularly on uneven surfaces, are significantly compromised. It can lead to reduced mobility and independence and reluctance to resume previous activities and, in some cases, social isolation.

If drop foot is caused by an injury or nerve damage, recovery is often possible. However, if it's caused by a progressive neurological condition such as multiple sclerosis, drop foot will probably be a lifelong symptom to manage.

For more details on the possible causes of drop foot, see the following pages.

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