Foot drop

A general term for difficulty lifting the front part of the foot, sometimes called drop foot.


Self-care options include clearing floors of clutter, rugs and cords to reduce risk of tripping. Using fluorescent tape on steps and keeping spaces well lit also may help.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a health care professional immediately for:

  • New weakness.
  • Sensory loss.

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a health care professional if:

  • Toes suddenly drag on the floor when walking.
  • There is leg pain.
  • Weakness happens in the other leg.
  • Falls occur.

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