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Doctor insights on: Toe Flexion Involuntary Bending

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Is the gastrocnemius or soleus responsible for plantar flexion of the toes?

Is the gastrocnemius or soleus responsible for plantar flexion of the toes?

Not toes, but foot.: The gastroc and soleus muscles do not plantarflex the toes they plantarflex the foot. These 2 muscle come together and form the achilles tendon attaching on the back of the heel. There are multiple muscles both in the foot and leg that are involved in plantarflexing the toes. The main PF muscles are the flexor digitorum longus for digits 2,3,4,5 and flexor hallucis longus for the big toe. ...Read more

Flexion (Definition)

Flexion is a joint motion. The exact motion depends on the joint. Wrist: with palm down, in direction of palm elbow: up towards face shoulder: in front of body ankle: down like pushing gas pedal knee: bending hip: ...Read more


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I have a history of compartment sydrome /fasciotomy to my left foot. I'm having an "electrical" shooting pain to 3 toes upon plantar flexion of my foot.

I have a history of compartment sydrome /fasciotomy to my left foot. I'm having an "electrical" shooting pain to  3 toes upon plantar flexion of my foot.

compartment syndorme: You state you had a fasciotomy , so there may be scar tissue near a nerve that is being pinched or pressured with plantarflexion. See your surgeon for assistance. ...Read more

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What is the cause of involuntary toe flex downward plantar?

What is the cause of involuntary toe flex downward plantar?

It's a reflex.: You didn't mention which toe was plantar flexed, but, if you are referring to your big toe, it's caused by some kind of stimulus to the arch of your foot. In clinical practice, we might scrape the arch of your foot with the handle of a reflex hammer. Plantar flexion of the great toe is normal. Dorsiflexion (pointing of the toe upward) is not. But I don't know what the stimulus is in your case. ...Read more

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I had 2 dislocated toes.Surgeon put k wires in both.I had them out 2 weeks ago .However the toes are still stiff and not bending.is this ok?

I had 2 dislocated toes.Surgeon put k wires in both.I had them out 2 weeks ago .However the toes are still stiff and not bending.is this ok?

Normal: It will take some time and physical therapy to recover your mobility. Talk with your physician about getting a referral to physical therapy if you are not already seeing them. ...Read more

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How do I treat a cut that is under my pinky toe near the bending area? It seems to be just a cut but is painful while walking. Treatment suggestion

How do I treat a cut that is under my pinky toe near the bending area? It seems to be just a cut but is painful while walking. Treatment suggestion

Local wound care: Local wound care usually involves washing with a gentle soap and water twice daily, applying antibiotic ointment and monitoring for signs of infection. Increased redness, swelling and pain, especially when combined with the appearance of pus indicates an infection which should be evaluated by a primary care physician. ...Read more

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Top of my toe hurts when bending upwards. What could be wrong?

A few things: Injury to the toe, shoe fit issues, tendinitis or arthritis can cause pain in your toe. See a doctor for an evaluation and x-ray. This should help determine what is going on. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel a tendon around the lower part of the fibularis longus move when bending my toes in?

Is it normal to feel a tendon around the lower part of the fibularis longus move when bending my toes in?

To some extent: The perineal tendons run just distal to the fibula and you could potentially feel the moving as you flex your toes/foot. If you have any concern, do not hesitate to be checked. A simple exam should be able to tell if their is anything abnormal going on. ...Read more

Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more