F is for the Foot Tapping Test

September 12, 2021

The Foot Tapping Test is a measure of how many times you can tap your foot in 10seconds. It declines with age, mobility impairment and upper motor neuron diseases such as Parkinson’s.

The Foot Tapping Test is a clinical assessment used to evaluate certain motor symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease. It assesses the speed and rhythm of foot tapping movements, which can be affected by the motor impairments caused by Parkinson’s disease.

During the test, the individual is typically seated comfortably in a chair with their feet on the floor. They are instructed to tap their foot (usually the heel or toes) as quickly as possible for a specified duration, typically 10 to 30 seconds. The number of taps within the given time period is counted by the examiner.

In Parkinson’s disease, motor symptoms such as bradykinesia (slowness of movement), rigidity, and impaired coordination can affect the person’s ability to tap their foot rapidly and consistently. Individuals with Parkinson’s disease may exhibit reduced speed, decreased amplitude of movement, and a lack of rhythmicity in their foot tapping.

The Foot Tapping Test is just one of several clinical assessments used to evaluate motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease. Other commonly used tests include the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS), the Hoehn and Yahr Scale, and the Timed Up and Go (TUG) test. These assessments, along with a thorough medical history and neurological examination, help healthcare professionals diagnose and monitor the progression of Parkinson’s disease and assess the effectiveness of treatment interventions.


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