Once they were young men of esprit, young men of élan. A quarter of a century has passed and they are grey or balding, flabby or paunchy, gone in the fetlock or missing some fingers, but still as arrogant as satraps and with the mental refinement of a gatepost.
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
What is the meaning of the bold phrase? No foot? Or limping?