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Foot Drop

Screening and Tests for Foot Drop

Screening for foot drop occurs during a physical examination, when the doctor will watch the patient walk and assess the weakness of a number of leg muscles. If additional testing is necessary, imaging tests such as an x-ray, ultrasound or MRI (to see if the foot drop is caused by an overgrowth of bone in the spinal canal or a tumor or cyst pressing on a nerve in the knee or spine) or nerve tests such as electromyography (which measures electrical activity in the muscles and nerves) may be used. 

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