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Arthritis and Rheumatism

Foot drop

09/29/1999

Question:

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

Answer:

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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Response by:

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