What is flapping feet when walking?


Much will depend on what exactly you are referring to.  Below is a description of what you may be referring to.  Please contact me with further questions:

  • Foot drop is caused by weakness or paralysis of the muscles below the knee involved in lifting the front part of the foot. The underlying causes of foot drop are varied. Often, neurological, muscular and anatomical problems overlap.
Flapping your feet is not rolling your foot as you step into it, from heal to toe.  Kind of like slapping your foot down.  This can be due to stiff shoes.
Joy Larison
Flapping feet happens when we're trying to walk too fast with too large of a step and not using proper walking form. It can lead to shin splints which are very painful. Make sure you are walking heel to toe, letting your foot roll in a natural rhythm. Shorten your stride to allow this form. Keep your head high, and abdominal muscles engaged so you can enjoy your walk and stay injury free

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