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Doctor insights on: Abnormal Foot Reflexes

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Slow reflex in foot?

Slow reflex in foot?

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

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What could cause me to have no reflex reactions in the soles of my feet, ankles or calves?

What could cause me to have no reflex reactions in the soles of my feet, ankles or calves?

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 more

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What can cause a person to not have reflexes in thier feet?

What can cause a person to not have reflexes in thier feet?

Nerves: All reflexes are related to your nerves. If you have nerve problems such as a spinal injury or neuropathy of some sort, then you may have lost your reflexes. There are multiple other causes as well but they all relate back to nerve damage. ...Read more

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Babinski reflex in adults one foot and the other foot didn't have any reaction would that be?

Babinski reflex in adults one foot and the other foot didn't have any reaction would that be?

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 more

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What is the normal response of a foot plantar reflex?

What is the normal response of a foot plantar reflex?

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 more

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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

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

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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.

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

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I have no reflexes in my arms , hands, wrists, feet, ankles or knees. Is this dangerous?

I have no reflexes  in my arms , hands, wrists, feet, ankles or knees. Is this dangerous?

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

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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?

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