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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Neurogenic Foot Pain: The Role of The Straight Leg Testing

I treat a lot of foot pain with comes from the nervous system. Nerve pain, in contrast to muscle, tendon, or  bone pain, is the worse pain. Part of any workup for nerve pain in the foot will be an evaluation of the low back. This following video demonstrates the simple straight leg raise looking for signs of low back involvement in the presenting foot problem. 

Ankle dorsiflexion is one of the common variations of the straight leg test. Neck flexion and ankle eversion (pronation) are also common provocation tests. 

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