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I seem to have developed a partial foot drop. Should i wait and see if it just goes?

i am a 27 year old man and i seem to have developed a partial foot drop. While i can still lift my right foot up, its not very powerful and i cant walk on my heels. I ve looked around on the internet and it seems foot drop can be a symptom of something really serious. I would go to the doctor but i m living in japan at the moment and my japanese just isnt good enough to effectively interract with a doctor. i also occasionally get a slight tingling in my right hand and forearm although this may be unrelated. I am quite skinny and prone to sitting with my leg crossed over the other which i know can be a factor. Should i wait and see if it just goes? i am at a loss....
Tue, 22 Feb 2011
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Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist 's  Response
hello...
foot drop is associated with the prob of the peripheral nereve and muscles also...
i think u hv prob with ur nereve..it mights be compressed some where and there is insufficiency of the blood supply..better go for a complete assessment which will help u..
\plz do not delay whcih can be dangerous...
take care..
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General & Family Physician Dr. Vaishali Hebbar's  Response
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Usually, a foot drop is a symptom of some other underlying condition, typically a neurological one. At the same time, it is possible that a person is simply having difficulty walking because they have injured a muscle in their calves or ankles which is impeding their gait. Assuming injury is ruled out, the condition usually is caused by some form of lesion formed in either the brain, the central nervous system, or the nerves leading from there to the affected muscles, so that the signals controlling movement are not properly transmitted. A careful assessment of the problem, potentially by a neurologist, is necessary to identify the precise cause. I would suggest you to consult a doctor immediately and get a work up done..

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I seem to have developed a partial foot drop. Should i wait and see if it just goes?

hello... foot drop is associated with the prob of the peripheral nereve and muscles also... i think u hv prob with ur nereve..it mights be compressed some where and there is insufficiency of the blood supply..better go for a complete assessment which will help u.. \plz do not delay whcih can be dangerous... take care..