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Common causes of foot drop include sports injuries, a slipped disc in the spine, and crossing your legs, kneeling or squatting a lot.
If you have foot drop, a GP will examine your leg and foot, and look at the way you walk. You may be referred to a specialist for more tests.
Common treatments for foot drop are physiotherapy, braces or shoe inserts, and electrical devices put in your body to help your nerves work.
There's a higher risk of having falls if you have foot drop. You can avoid this by using a walking aid and removing things you could trip on at home.
Page last reviewed: 06/01/2022
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