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Foot Drop

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is foot drop?

Foot drop is a nerve and muscle problem that prevents you from flexing or lifting your foot. One or both legs may be affected. Foot drop may be temporary or permanent.

What increases my risk for foot drop?

What are the signs and symptoms of foot drop?

How is foot drop diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine your leg and foot. Tell your provider about your symptoms and when they began. Also tell your provider about your medical conditions, injuries, and family history. You may also need any of the following tests:

How is foot drop treated?

Your condition may improve on its own within 6 weeks. You may need any of the following if your symptoms do not improve:

How can I manage foot drop?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor or neurologist?

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