Foot Drop

What Is Foot Drop?

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Foot drop is a term that is used to describe the dropping of the foot or inability to raise your foot. There are many causes of foot drop including stroke, Charcot Marie Tooth Disease (CMT), diabetic neuropathy, multiple sclerosis (MS) and injury to the back or the peroneal nerve in the leg.

When you are unable to lift your foot, it drops downwards and becomes a hazard for catching, tripping and falling. You will therefore compensate by lifting your knee higher and by flexing more at your hip and knee to clear the ground.

The extra effort required to swing your leg forward and lift your knee and foot higher often causes you to tire quickly due to the increased energy expenditure.


In order to make walking safer and more efficient, people will often turn to orthotic interventions. The particular design and style of bracing orthosis is dependent on the exact needs of the individual. 

Signs & Symptoms
  • an audible “foot slap” as the person is unable to control the foot hitting the ground so the foot slaps the floor
  • a high steppage gait with knees lifting higher during each step
  • tripping
  • falling
  • dragging the foot

Our Treatment Options

Flexible Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO)

AFOs provide ankle stability and control of ankle motion to prevent tripping.

Hinged Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO)

AFOs provide ankle stability and control of ankle motion to protect the feet.  The hinge allows for a controlled motion at the ankle.

Silicone Ankle Foot Orthoses (SAFO)

The SAFO supports the front of your leg down to the top of your foot, using a soft silicone material.

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