Left foot doesn't seem to want pick up

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   Posted 10/1/2008 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
confused    This has happened before and I've never thought much of it, but I've noticed a couple times I've almost tripped because my left foot doesn't seem to want to pick up entirely when I'm walking. For instance, I was walking at a brisk pace at Wal-mart the other day (in a rush, and you know those floors are so "skiddy" and shiny) anyway, I almost tripped twice with the left foot so I slowed my walk and was telling myself in my head to "concentrate, slow down" like I had to think my foot into picking up in order not to fall and embarrass myself. It's should be a simple thing to walk across a room but I was a little "afraid" to walk fast after that. I can lift my foot fine, move it around. It seems fully-functional but that little tiny bit that it didn't want to lift caught me off-guard. When you've been walking all your life and all-of-a-sudden you feel like you have to concentrate on lifting you foot, that's SCARY! 
I don't want to get ahead of myself (and, it could've been the floor, not my foot tongue ) but could this be the beginnings of foot-drop? Anyone know how this develops? Is it gradual or dramatic in that it happens suddenly where you lose function of the muscles on top of your foot overnight? Would appreciate any input.
By the way, I do know it could be the way the floor felt as I was walking but I will see in time if this happens on any other type surface, i.e. sidewalk, home, etc.
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   Posted 10/1/2008 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Flutterbug
I did some research on foot drop and have found these links. I hope this will give u some insight. Please do mention this to u'r doc. U'r doing great...giving it time to see if this could be in part due to the floor at walmart. I've done exactly what u'r describing as well. I've wondered if it was just the floor or really me. I do this off and on at home and other places too. It still may just be me...i have kinda long flat feet (my husband says i have duck feet...jerk! ;) Either way, it's good to be careful and cautious. Take a look at these links and see how u feel after. Take care friend!
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   Posted 10/1/2008 8:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I do this off and on as well. It's not progressed to permanent foot drop over the last 5 years. I suppose it could change faster for others because this disease is so different for everyone. Shoes with thick heels seem to trip me up more. And I gave up wearing any kind of high heel a couple years ago, unless I have an arm to hang on! Willow

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   Posted 10/2/2008 7:55 AM (GMT -7)   

HI and WELCOME......I seem to do that as well.  Just a short while ago here in my carpeted living room I went to turn and take a step and my right foot grabbed the floor and I almost went down.  I am definitely calling my neurologist and checking in on what I can do.  Check out those sites above.  I am going to check into prices of those gadgets that you put on your leg below you your knee.  It sends some kind of message to your foot to pick up.  Sounds like a great idea.  I will put up a "POST" and tell what I find out.  Attention:  I have MS and it is not what you are speaking of but, I feel that I have foot drop, too.

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   Posted 10/2/2008 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
smilewinkgrin  Thanks for the helpful info. I will have to be careful not to trip seeing as that I'm working eight straight days until my short vacation. I've been up with leg and foot/toe cramps and am very tired. As a sidenote: I was going to buy some Legatrin for leg cramps and found out it only contains Dyphenhyromine to make you sleep (like Bendadryl) and I think Acetameniphen or something for pain. I was already taking Dyph. to make me sleep so I didn't see the point, plus I wake up anyway with cramps....Anyway, I got Magnesium because Potassium wasn't helping. Anyone know what helps leg cramps?
Thanks again.

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   Posted 10/2/2008 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Flutterbug,


Those cramps at night are a real pain, and the magnesium might indeed help. Here are a couple of links to info on possible causes and treatments for night leg cramps, including stretching before bedtime, making sure you stay hydrated, and possible medication options.






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   Posted 10/3/2008 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
hello and welcome...this is Dennis, and with me the foot drop is on my right side....its like my foot seems to be stapled to the floor, I have to think about moving and walking, throwing my leg forword...

it usually happens when I'm tired, as for the night cramps, spasms and other twists....there are nights when the spasms are so bad its like I'm thrown out of bed...

I do take something approved by the federal government to treat MS.

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