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How can I remedy my movement issues?

My leg drags a bit these days. I'm 52 and I don't know why I can't take the steps I used to. Old age? What should I do?
If this is truly a new symptom for you, then you should be evaluated soon by a neurologist. When a patient reports that their leg drags when they walk, it is often do to a phenomenon called foot drop. This is when someone loses the ability, or has a reduced ability to raise the toes when a foot is brought forward. This causes one leg to drag as the toes fall and scrape across the ground. This is never a normal finding and is not a part of "old age". Probably the most common cause of foot drop is either a pinched nerve coming out of the back, or nerve damage due to another disease such as diabetes. If you are also having back pain, a slipped disc is a likely possibility. I suggest that you schedule an appointment with a neurologist. He or she can take a detailed history of your symptoms, review your past medical history, and perform a thorough neurological exam. If you are displaying a foot drag or foot drop on your neurological exam, then the doctor will most likely want to get an MRI of your lower back to look for a herniated disc. If there is another more obvious cause for your foot drop, then the doctor will likely pursue the best initial treatment for you.
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