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ratchety movement of feet - signs of PD?
« on: August 18, 2014, 08:04:09 PM »
I feel so ashamed for doing this, since I'm constantly preaching about how bad this reassurance-seeking is. But I admit, I fell down the rabbit hole yet again.

I tried to stretch my feet, since they've been cramping throughout the day. One thing I did was circular rotations of the feet (with the foot in the air, ankle rotation basically) when I did this I noticed that I couldn't get a smooth motion going. No matter how hard I try, there's this almost ratchety/cogwheel-like motion. The slower I do it, the more noticeable it gets. Is this normal?

I know cogwheel-like movements of ankle/wrists are a symptom associated with Parkinsonian rigidity. But, my logic tells me that I could experience this not due to rigidity, but rather lack of coordination/lack of training/tension. Basically a combination of lack of training and anxiety symptoms. Could the latter be right?
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Re: ratchety movement of feet - signs of PD?
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2014, 08:42:53 PM »
I just tried to move my ankle in a circular motion and it moved like a jagged and rusty shopping cart wheel. So either we are both doomed, or that's normal for an ankle joint. It seemed to be better the faster I went, but slowed down and you could feel each ligament "popping".  Hope your HA feels better! : )
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Re: ratchety movement of feet - signs of PD?
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2014, 08:48:27 PM »
I just tried to move my ankle in a circular motion and it moved like a jagged and rusty shopping cart wheel. So either we are both doomed, or that's normal for an ankle joint. It seemed to be better the faster I went, but slowed down and you could feel each ligament "popping".  Hope your HA feels better! : )

Thanks for the reply, I know (the first time in ages I can say that and mean it) that it probably isn't something to worry about. It's an unnatural movement that takes practice to perform with fluency. I know floorball goalkeepers practice that alot, for ankle mobility I think:)
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Re: ratchety movement of feet - signs of PD?
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2014, 04:26:46 AM »
I'm the same , I've moved both my ankles and my wrists. They are both ratchety and not smooth at all. They also make a grinding noise!
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