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Test spinal cord: Normal person with intact upper ( brain nerve cell to spine ) and lower ( from spine and down ) neuron , when lateral part of sole is gently searched, big toe will flexes , normal reflex, both are intact when abscent then it is indicative of damage to upper motor neuron. Simple explanation brain cell damages it will not regenerate, when a perpheral nerve damaged it will grow back, good prognosi. ...Read more
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
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
New shoes.: A new pair of high quality running shoes may alleviate the condition. Decrease mileage for a while to give the tissue a chance to rest. Apply ice to area, Ibuprofen for a week or two. Custom orthotics/arch supports. Consult a local podiatrist with experience in this area. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers