How does foot drop start? My left foot at the ankle feels weak and uncomfortable to walk on. I can walk straight no issues.
A foot drop is an inability to dorsiflex the foot (move upward at the ankle joint). The first symptom noticed is catching the toe or foot on the ground while bringing the leg forward during your normal stride. If more severe, a person with a foot drop walks with a high step gait during the forward swing phase to allow the foot to clear the ground. Others may notice that the foot makes a loud slapping noise when it hits the ground.
If a foot drop is caused by a central nervous system problem, there may be a spastic or dystonic turning in of the foot while walking. This may create a sense of instability or discomfort at the ankle joint since the foot can roll over during normal walking.
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Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego