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September Lunch & Learn Speaker

September Lunch & Learn Topic: Foot Drop, It’s Not Always A Ruptured Disc

HICKSVILLE, OH— James Dozier, MD, will discuss “Foot Drop, It’s Not Always a Ruptured Disc” on Wednesday, September 26, at 11:00 a.m. in Community Rooms 1 and 2 at Community Memorial Hospital (CMH), 208 N. Columbus St., Hicksville, Ohio.

This lunch and learn educational session is geared towards senior citizens, but anyone is welcome to attend. There is no charge to attend this event, and a complimentary brunch is provided by the hospital. A nurse will also be on hand to take and record blood pressure measurements. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Lori at 419-542-5560.

Foot drop describes an abnormal neuromuscular (nerve and muscle) disorder that affects the patient's ability to raise their foot at the ankle. Foot drop is further characterized by an inability to point the toes toward the body or move the foot at the ankle inward or outward. Pain, weakness, and numbness may accompany loss of function.

Walking becomes a challenge due to the patient's inability to control the foot at the ankle. The foot may appear floppy and the patient may drag the foot and toes while walking. Patients with foot drop usually exhibit an exaggerated or high-stepping walk called steppage gait or footdrop gait.

Dr. Dozier, a board certified neurosurgeon with Fort Wayne Neurological Center, sees patients at CMH as a visiting specialist with the Musculoskeletal Institute of Community Memorial Hospital. He received his M.D. from the University of Cincinnati and completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He completed fellowships in pediatric neurosurgery at Children's Hospital, New South Wales, Australia and in trauma neurosurgery at St. Paul Medical Center, St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Dozier is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).


Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in Hicksville, Ohio. For more than 50 years, CMH has been serving the citizens of Northwest Ohio and adjoining Indiana communities. CMH offers inpatient and outpatient services, 24-hour emergency care, obstetrics,
comprehensive rehabilitation and wellness programs, and the region’s only open high field Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Community Memorial Hospital is an independent affiliate of the Lutheran Health Network. For more information on Community Memorial Hospital and its physicians visit or call 419-542-6692.


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