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Patients with a condition known as foot drop have trouble lifting the front of one or both feet, and drag their foot or feet while walking. This condition is caused by weakness or paralysis of certain muscles. While there are some treatment options for foot drop, it is important to understand that it is a symptom of one of a number of underlying conditions—which may sometimes be very serious. If you suspect that you have foot drop, or if you are having problems with your gait, the doctors at Florida Hospital are here to help. With our expertise and state-of-the-art facilities, we can help figure out the reason for your foot drop and come up with a treatment regimen that suits your needs. 

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The condition known as foot drop, or drop foot, is characterized by a person’s difficulty lifting the front of the foot and thus dragging the foot while walking. It is caused by weakness or paralysis of the muscles that lift the foot during the process of walking, and can cause people to scuff their toes along the ground or have to bend their knees to lift their foot higher than usual to avoid scuffing—a walk called a “steppage gait.” Foot drop can be unilateral or bilateral, depending on whether it affects one or both feet, respectively. This condition is a symptom of an underlying condition, and depending on that condition, it may be either temporary or permanent. Foot drop stemming from trauma or nerve damage usually has partial or sometimes complete recovery; however, foot drop caused by progressive neurological disorders will likely be a lifelong disability. 

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