Plantar (Babinski) Reflex

When the bottom of the foot is stroked from the heel to ball of the foot and across to the big toe in a ‘7’ motion, the toes will fan out, instead of curling in. This reflex is present at birth and integrates at 3 months. 

When retained, symptoms may include:

  • Delayed walking (beyond 14 months)
  • Awkward running
  • Poor balance, tripping or falling
  • Can’t press toes into the ground
  • Difficulty with sports requiring balance and coordination while running
  • Low back pain while walking or standing, sore shins, pain over the toes when wearing shoes
  • Recurrent ankle sprains, flat feet, walking on the inside of the feet
  • Frequent heel pain, calf pain or achillies tendinopathy