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Foot drop post varicella zoster virus
  1. Emma Whitby and
  2. Marcus Bateman
  1. Physiotherapy Outpatient Department, University Hospitals of Derby & Burton NHS Foundation Trust, Derby, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mrs Emma Whitby, emma.whitby2{at}


Leg pain and weakness can often be seen in a musculoskeletal physiotherapy outpatient setting. While the differential diagnoses for neuropathic pain and weakness is often spine related, this unusual cause for polyradiculopathy is less commonly seen. Shingles is not something routinely seen in a physiotherapy department but is usually associated with skin eruptions and pain but less so with motor loss. The purpose of this case report is to therefore raise awareness that this presentation can occur and should not be mistaken for spinal radiculopathy.

  • orthopaedics
  • physiotherapy (rehabilitation)
  • physiotherapy (sportsmedicine)

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  • Contributors EW is the lead author of the manuscript. MB provided academic support and review of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.