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Painful legs and moving toes 

Painful legs and moving toes
Painful legs and moving toes

Ivan Donaldson

, C. David Marsden

, Susanne A. Schneider

, and Kailash P. Bhatia

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date: 05 July 2022

In 1971 Spillane et al. described six patients afflicted by persistent pain in the legs and involuntary movements in their toes under the heading of ‘painful legs and moving toes’. This name has stuck and there have subsequently been a number of other reports of this disorder (Nathan 1978, Barrett et al. 1981, Schott 1981, Wulff 1982, Montagna et al. 1983, Schoenen et al. 1984, Bovier et al. 1985, Leger et al. 1985, Gastaut 1986, Averianor et al. 1993, Walters et al. 1993, Dressler et al. 1994, Pla et al. 1996, Tan and Tan 1996, Sanders et al. 1999). It is a rare disorder: out of 4,780 database patients with movement disorders diagnosed at Mayo Clinic, Arizona, from 1996 to 2006, only 14 cases were diagnosed with painful legs and moving toes or a related disorder. Ages ranged from 25 to 84 years (mean, 69 years) (Alvarez et al. 2008).

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