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Dr. Nageena Akhtar at work

What is The Babinski Reflex?

  • By Nageena


The Babinski reflex develops gradually and integrates up to two years old.
This reflex prepares the feet for walking and provides important stability.
It helps to mature coordination between the legs, hips and lumbar spine and improves muscle tone for the lower parts of the body. As the Babinski develops it helps with connecting the higher levels of the brain more efficiently.

Some possible long term challenges of a retained Babinski can be:

  • Flat feet
  • Toe walkers
  • Does not like walking or slow walkers
  • Oversensitive soles of the feet
  • Does not like walking barefoot on stony beaches
  • Speech and articulation challenges
  • Poor attention and concentration
  • Tension in the feet, legs, hips and lower back
  • Tendency to walk on inside or outside of feet
  • Claw / Hammer toes
  • Weak ankles and easily sprains them
  • Rotation of a hip inward or outward
  • Usually people with Cerebral palsy and Autism have a retained Babinski