Electrodiagnostic Evaluation

Electrodiagnostic tests measure the electrical activity of muscles and nerves. By measuring the electrical activity they are able to determine if there is nerve damage, the cause of the damage, and if the damaged nerves are responding to treatment.
Electrodiagnosis is a powerful tool in the evaluation of lower extremity disorders that sterm from the peripheral nervous system.  Electrodiagnostic testing can help differentiate neurogenic versus non-neurogenic causes of complaints such as pain, weekness, and paresthesias. It can assist practitioners in pinpointing the anatomic location and revealing the underlying pathology in peripheral nerve lesions.  This article will focus on the electrodiagnostic evaluation of neurogenic processes that present as foot and ankle sysmtoms.