Steppage gait

Steppage gait (High stepping, Neuropathic gait) is a form of gait abnormality characterised by foot drop or ankle equinus due to loss of dorsiflexion.[1] The foot hangs with the toes pointing down, causing the toes to scrape the ground while walking, requiring someone to lift the leg higher than normal when walking.[2][3][4]

Foot drop can be caused by damage to the deep peroneal nerve.[5]


A video of a neuropathic gait

Conditions associated with a steppage gait


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  2. "Walking abnormalities". MedlinePlus. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
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  5. Saint, Sanjay; Wiese, Jeff; Bent, Stephen (2006). Clinical clerkships: the answer book. Hagerstown, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 219. ISBN 0-7817-3754-0.

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