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Arthritis and Rheumatism

Foot drop



What is foot drop? Does it ever go away? Thanks,


Foot drop results from weakness of the peroneal muscles which dorsiflex the foot. This may be due to injury/damage to the muscle or the nerve that innervates it. It may be transient or permanent depending on the cause.

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Anne-Barbara Mongey, MD
Formerly, Director, Arthritis Clinic, Univerity Hospital
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati