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Abnormal Foot Reflexes
When you have foot drop, even mild will your reflexes in that leg be abnormal? If so, what changes would you see?
Ankle reflex: Your ankle reflex may be reduced or absent. ...Read more
Slow foot reflex: Suggests possible nerve compression in lumbar or sacral spine, which could result from bulging/ruptured disc, bone spur compressing spinal cord or nerve root, or spinal stenosis. Suggest seeing orthopedic or neurosurgeon for evaluation, tests (including mri), options for treatment. If u have foot drop or similar problems, do not delay. Sooner the treatment, less damage. ...Read more
Many possibilities: Reflexes vary from person to person, but also from exam to exam. Repeated testing during a visit can vary for several reasons (position of the leg, how relaxed you are, where the stimulating "tap" is given, etc.). Later in life reflexes may diminish or disappear. Some nerve disorders reduce or eliminate them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spine or brain: Babinski reflex suggests an upper motor neuron disorder. Since the spinal column and the brain are organized into "halves, " one-sided babinski suggests a lesion on one side of the spinal cord, brainstem, or brain. It could be as simple as an entrapped nerve or as serious as a stroke. Neurology consult is strongly recommended. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Foot reflex: Not sure what you are talking about. If you mean when a doctor rubs a reflex hammer on the bottom of your foot..Then that test is called babinski sign and this tests for brain damage. The upper motor neurons are damaged by the big toe going up and the other toes flair out. Very distinct response. If you have this you may want to be referred to a neurologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can u have the babinski reflex in one foot? My right foot is positive, I am having many neuro. Issues on my left side. Wondering if that is related
Yes: Yes, that is definitely a sign of neurological problems. And it is contralateral (if a lesion is on left, symptoms are on right). ...Read more
Can u have the babinski reflex in one foot my right foot is positive, I am having many neuro. Issues on my left side. Wondering if that is related.
Yes: It's fairly common even for normal folks to sometimes have a babinski. It's easier to check on someone else than yourself. It's only one piece in the puzzle that every "neuro" patient is. Glad you're proactive. ...Read more
Deep tendon reflexes: Sometimes patients have reflexes that are difficult to elicit. Globally depressed or absent reflexes are frequently associated with Guillain-Barré syndrome. ...Read more
I'm a medical student. I've had foot pain for 8 years. In class I find out I don't respond to the plantar reflex. Related to my foot pain?
Depends: Depends in part on what the cause of your foot pain is. Most foot pain problems are not associated with reflex changes, but there are a couple examples. A chronic S1nerve root compression will cause a loss on the Achilles reflex and can be associated with pain in the sole of the foot. There are a few other possibilities as well, or they could be unrelated. A good exam will tell likely cause. ...Read more