Is foot drop common with MS? Foot drop, or drop foot, involves a difficulty in lifting the front part of the foot, which can causes challenges while walking. It’s a common symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS), but it can also be caused by other neurological syndromes or physical damage to a nerve.
What does MS foot drop feel like? What is foot drop? If you are experiencing foot drop, your foot may hang down, drag or catch on the ground when you are walking. This can make it more difficult to manage stairs, curbs and uneven surfaces, and make you more vulnerable to tripping and falling.
Can MS foot drop be cured? For most people, foot drop can be managed through treatment and a few changes in lifestyle. Finding the optimal mix of options can take some time, however, and it is important for patients not to get discouraged.
What are the first signs of foot drop?
- Inability to hold footwear. A feeling of loosening of the footwear may cause discomfort and dragging of the affected foot while walking.
- High steppage gait.
- Circumduction gait.
- Limp foot.
- Often unilateral.