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strange walking problem

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 16, 2007
  • 03:46 PM

When I pick up my left foot (while walking), it either turns inward or my toes don't clear the ground. A podiatrist said it was a weak front leg muscle, but physical therapy made it worse. (Originally, I was tripping only when running--I used to run 6 miles a day.) I then went to a physiatrist who sent me for MRI's of my neck and spine (all healthy) and a nerve conduction study of my lower leg (no blockage.) Does anyone know what this could be? I have no pain, though recently I've started having numbness in my big toe at night (it either keeps me awake or it wakes me early in the morning.)

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  • Drop foot with steppage gait sounds like the symptom you have. They mention peroneal nerve injury. (To the outside of the lower leg). With your history of running, have they looked at this nerve?
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies Flag this Response
  • I think they did when they did the EMG nerve conduction study. I'll ask my doctor the next time I see him. Thanks for the suggestion.
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