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1. a contracture deformity associated with bed rest and immobility, resulting in the inability to place the heel on the ground.
2. dropping of the foot from paralysis of anterior muscles of the lower limb.
Partial or total inability to dorsiflex the foot, as a consequence of which the toes drag on the ground during walking unless a steppage gait is used; most often ultimately due to weakness of the dorsiflexor muscles of the foot (especially the tibialis anterior), but has many causes, including disorders of the peripheral and central nervous systems, motor unit, tendons, and bones.
footdrop/foot·drop/ (foot´drop) dropping of the foot from a peroneal or tibial nerve lesion that causes paralysis of the anterior muscles of the leg.
Etymology: AS, fot + dropa
an abnormal neuromuscular condition of the lower leg and foot characterized by an inability to dorsiflex, or evert, the foot, caused by damage to the common peroneal nerve.
Partial or total inability to dorsiflex the foot, as a consequence of which the toes drag on the ground during walking unless a steppage gait is used; has many causes.