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212 Possible Causes for Absent Ankle Reflex, Foot Drop

  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome

    […] continued foot drop in 12 of the AFO patients.[physio-pedia.com] F waves implicates nerve root involvement delayed/absent H reflex correlates with decreased/absent ankle reflex MRI cauda equina gandolinium enhancement in acute cases DIfferential[step2.medbullets.com] drop necessitating ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) use (21 patients) *locomotion difficulties requiring assistive devices (30 patients) *At 1-year follow-up, the authors found[physio-pedia.com]

  • Charcot Marie Tooth Disease

    Five months after the transient CNS symptoms, he finally developed signs and symptoms of neuropathy in the form of absent ankle reflexes.[pediatrics.aappublications.org] Gait abnormalities reported in childhood Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) include foot-drop, reduced ankle power at push-off and increased knee and hip flexion for swing[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] Ankle reflexes were bilaterally absent. Sequencing revealed a novel heterozygous c.712C T (p.R238C) mutation in the GJB1 gene.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

  • Cauda Equina Syndrome

    Most of the symptoms resolved within a few days, but right side foot drop persisted for 2 years after the procedure.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] .  Physical Exam:  Right plantar flexor weakness, absent right ankle reflex, and decreased anal sphincter tone.  Findings consistent w/ CES  Referral:  Medically evacuated[slideshare.net] If foot drop is a significant problem, a brace to hold it in position may be helpful.[caudaequina.org]

  • Sciatic Neuropathy

    A person's reflexes may be abnormal, with weak or absent ankle-jerk reflex. Several different tests can be performed to find the cause of sciatic nerve dysfunction.[medlineplus.gov] Pain and weakness, primarily foot drop, were the most common presenting symptoms.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] The left ankle reflex was absent, but the knee jerk and plantar responses were normal. There were no petechiae or ecchymoses over the buttocks.[jamanetwork.com]

  • Peripheral Neuropathy

    Most people with PN have reduced or absent ankle reflexes (involuntary responses to a stimulus).[thebody.com] A 47-yr-old female hyperbaric technician developed foot drop 2 d following her last hyperbaric exposure. She had worked in chamber once daily at 45 fsw for 90 min.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] Classically, ankle jerk reflex is absent in peripheral neuropathy.[en.wikipedia.org]

  • Lumbar Disk Herniation

    Discrimination between foot drop and severe extensor weakness may not be possible or reasonable.[healio.com] Ankle Reflex (Tendo-Achillis Reflex) - Diminished or absent reflexes when L4, 5 and S1 nerve is damaged. How is Lumbar Disk Herniation Diagnosed?[epainassist.com] Test your reflexes at the knee and ankle. These may sometimes be absent if there is a compressed nerve root in your spine. Straight leg raise (SLR) test.[orthoinfo.aaos.org]

  • Lumbosacral Plexus Disorder

    […] patellar reflex L4 Medial lower leg/foot Knee extensors and ankle dorsiflexors Diminished or absent patellar reflex L5 Lateral leg/foot Hallux extension and ankle plantar[physio-pedia.com] […] hallucis longus), which are innervated by the deep peroneal nerve, foot drop occurs.[medschool.lsuhsc.edu] Patellar tendon reflex and ankle jerk were absent on the right leg. Sensory function could not be examined properly.[austinpublishinggroup.com]

  • Alcoholic Neuropathy

    Foot braces may also be helpful if you have problems with foot drop. If you have weakness in your arms, a wrist splint may be helpful.[patient.info]

  • Hereditary Motor and Sensory Neuropathies

    […] foot swelling Fatigue Muscle cramps Diminished or absent ankle reflexes HNPP Testing (Not all evaluation and tests may be necessary.)[foundationforpn.org] They may include: Foot deformity (very high arch to feet) Foot drop (inability to hold foot horizontal) Loss of lower leg muscle, which leads to skinny calves Numbness in[mountsinai.org] Orthotic devices are widely used - eg, plantars (correcting foot position), ankle-foot orthoses (to overcome foot drop and facilitate walking - custom fitting may be required[patient.info]

  • Spinal Stenosis

    Lumbar Spinal Stenosis can cause "foot drop," where the patient's foot drops or drags while walking.[neurosurgicalassociatespc.com] Some patients will have a foot-drop, or the feeling that their foot slaps on the ground while walking. Less pain with leaning forward or sitting.[orthoinfo.aaos.org] Weakness in the legs or "foot drop." Once the pressure reaches a critical level, weakness can occur in one or both legs.[orthoinfo.aaos.org]

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