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foot drop

noun Pathology.
  1. extension of the foot caused by paralysis of the flexor muscles of the leg.
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Origin of foot drop

First recorded in 1905–10
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Historical Examples of foot-drop

  • The patient walks with foot-drop, and the flexor muscles of the knee are weak.

    Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900

    George Henry Makins

  • He walked fairly well, but still with foot-drop, and complained of tenderness in the sole.

foot-drop in Medicine


  1. Paralysis or weakness of the dorsiflexor muscles of the foot and ankle, resulting in dragging of the foot and toes.drop foot
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