Antidromic sensory nerve conduction studies of medial and lateral plantar nerves in normals.

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Wayne State University, Detroit.
Electromyography and clinical neurophysiology 01/1993; 33(5):289-94.
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ABSTRACT A reliable sensory nerve conduction study for the most distal lower extremities is needed in routine clinical electromyography. This paper reports a study of 150 medial and lateral plantar nerves in the foot in normals. An antidromic technique was used with stimulation at the ankle and recording from the small and large toes. Recordable responses were obtained in 149 instances. Conduction velocity in the medial branch distal to the tarsal tunnel was 40.5 +/- 4.0 m/sec and significantly slower than conduction in the lateral branch by 4.3 m/sec. The amplitude of the evoked response from the big toe was 3.46 +/- 2.2 microV and significantly larger than that in the small toe by 1.34 microV. Evoked response amplitude in the medial branch was greater in younger subjects.

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