What are the signs and symptoms of foot drop caused by compartment syndrome?

Updated: Mar 23, 2020
  • Author: James W Pritchett, MD; Chief Editor: Vinod K Panchbhavi, MD, FACS  more...
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Increased pain with passive stretch of the involved muscles is a consistent diagnostic indicator of a compartment syndrome. The usual initial presenting symptom is pain that is out of proportion to the injury. Paresthesias follow, but at this point, irreversible myoneural injury is likely to have occurred. Foot drop also may be noted; the time of presentation varies with the compartment involved.


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