Drop foot is a condition in which a person is unable to lift the front part of their foot off the ground while walking. This results in dragging the foot or lifting the thigh to compensate (steppage gait). Drop foot is most often caused by nerve or muscle disorders or damage, or by a central nervous system disorder. Treatment options include bracing, physical therapy, and electrical nerve stimulation. In some cases, surgery is warranted.
“The most common cause of drop foot is compression of a nerve in the leg that controls the muscles involved in lifting the foot. People with diabetes are more susceptible to nerve disorders.”