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footdrop

Pronunciation: fut'drop

Definition: Partial or total inability to dorsiflex the foot, as a consequence of which the toes drag on the ground during walking unless a steppage gait is used; most often ultimately due to weakness of the dorsiflexor muscles of the foot (especially the tibialis anterior), but has many causes, including disorders of the peripheral and central nervous systems, motor unit, tendons, and bones.

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