Social Security Disability Resource Center

Overview | How to Qualify | Applications
Requirements | How long it takes | Back Pay
Mental Disability | What is a disability? | Tips
SSI Benefits | How to Win | Disability Awards
Hearings | Appeals | List of Disabling Conditions

Can I get disability on the basis of foot drop?

Foot drop is an abnormality in gait in which the forefoot drops. Foot drop occurs because of a weakness, irritation or even damage to the common fibular nerve including the sciatic nerve or a paralysis of the muscles of t,he anterior portion of the lower leg. No matter what the cause, foot drop is generally considered by Social Security to be an indicator of a more severe impairment that may prevent work activity.

Social Security disability evaluates foot drop using the criteria of spinal or lower extremity impairment listings. If your foot drop causes limitations so severe that you meet or equal the criteria of an impairment listing, you may be awarded disability benefits.

Remember, all disabling impairments must be supported by objective medical evidence (i.e. MRI, CT, or nerve condition study) from a medically acceptable source (i.e. orthopedist, neurosurgeon, neurologist, etc.).

Even if you are unable to meet or equal a Social Security impairment listing, you may still be approved for disability benefits through a medical vocational allowance. Medical vocational allowances consider the severity and limitations caused by your foot drop along with your age, education, job skills, and the potential transferability of your job skills to other work.

If you are unable to perform any of the jobs you worked in fifteen years prior to becoming disabled, and the limitations prevent you from performing any other type of work you may be found disabled.

The definition of Social Security disability states that you must have a medically verifiable severe impairment that has prevented you from performing SGA for twelve months, or is expected to prevent you from performing SGA for twelve months to be eligible for disability.Therefore, if you have been unable to perform SGA because of your foot drop, you should consider filing for Social Security disability.

  • What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

  • What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?

  • Which conditions will social security recognize as a disability?

  • Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

  • SSDRC Homepage:

    Social Security Disability and SSI Resource Center

    New and featured pages on

    Social Security Disability Requirements

    Social Security Disability list of impairments

    Social Security Disability Application

    Can you get disability for arthritis of the knee?

    How much income can you earn on Social Security disability?

    If you get denied at a disability hearing, can you win later?

    How much can an attorney charge for Social Security disability?

    Can you get approved for disability based on Ulcerative Colitis?

    The Most Basic questions about Getting Disability Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI and whether or not you can work

    Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

    Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    More Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    Common Questions about Social Security Disability and SSI

    Winning Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    The SSI Disability Benefits Program

    Medical exams for disability claims

    Applying for Disability in various states

    Social Security Disability SSI and Doctors - Yours and Theirs

    Social Security Disability and SSI Claim Reviews

    Social Security Disability SSI System and Benefits for Children

    Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative

    What you should know about Social Security Disability and SSI Denials

    Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney

    Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits

    FAQ on Disability Claim Representation

    Disability hearings before Judges

    Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers

    Various Types of Benefits including SSI, Mental, and Child benefits

    Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability

    Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children

    Disability Benefits through Social Security

    Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records

    Filing your claim for disability benefits

    Eligibility for receiving disability benefits

    Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved

    FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions

    The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration

    Resources on this site

    Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions

    Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

    For Individuals living in North Carolina

    Applying for Disability in North Carolina

    North Carolina Disability Lawyer

    Related pages:

    If you meet a Social Security Disability listing, can a judge deny your claim?

    Do you have to go to a mental exam after applying for disability?

    Filing an SSI disability appeal

    How long do you have to be out of work to get disability benefits?

    Can disability be denied because of not enough doctor visits?

    Can I get Social Security disability off my spouse’s record?

    Do I need an attorney to get disability?

    Getting the Status of your Disability Hearing Request

    Will I be sent to my own doctor for a disability examination for SSD or SSI?

    Disability Judges and getting information for your disability claim decision

    What do I do after being denied disability?

    Can I receive temporary SSI disability benefits?

    How to get an SSDI reconsideration appeal approved