Figure 50.11. Testing the strength of the dorsiflexors of the foot.

Figure 50.11Testing the strength of the dorsiflexors of the foot

Fixate the leg with your hand above the knee as illustrated. Ask the patient to "pull your toes toward your face and hold them there." Attempt to overcome the muscles with your other hand while they are contracting maximally. This maneuver, when combined with testing the knee and hip flexors, provides a good screening test in the lower extremities for mild dysfunction of the corticospinal system.

From: Chapter 50, An Overview of the Nervous System

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Clinical Methods: The History, Physical, and Laboratory Examinations. 3rd edition.
Walker HK, Hall WD, Hurst JW, editors.
Boston: Butterworths; 1990.
Copyright © 1990, Butterworth Publishers, a division of Reed Publishing.

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