When a patient has difficulty lifting the front part of the foot, which is called foot drop or drop foot, it may cause them to drag their foot on the ground when they walk. Foot drop indicates an underlying neurological, muscular or anatomical problem. Surgery is often needed to correct foot drop.
The peroneal nerve aids the muscles in the leg which lift the ankle and the toes upward. When it becomes compressed, it can cause foot drop.
“When the foot drops, you can’t lift your foot so it affects how you walk,” says Michael D. Riggenbach, M.D. “So, oftentimes we’ll hear a slapping sound as you step.”
Foot drop is a condition that can be caused by nerve compression in the back, a leg injury, trauma injury, sport injury or surgery
Symptoms of foot drop include:
- Inability to point toes toward the body
- Loss of function in the foot
- A dragging foot
- Numbness in the top of the good and toes