European Spine Journal

, Volume 17, Supplement 2, pp 294–295 | Cite as

“Painless legs and moving toes” syndrome due to spinal cord compression

  • Pedro Emilio BermejoEmail author
  • Juan Antonio Zabala
Case Report


Painful legs and moving toes is a rare syndrome characterized by spontaneous neuropathic pain in the lower limbs associated with peculiar involuntary movements of the lower extremities, especially the toes and feet. Although its origin is unknown, it is associated to some pathologies. With regard to the painless variant, very few patients have been reported and most of them are idiopathic. We report a patient with involuntary movements of the toes similar to those seen in painful legs and moving toes syndrome, but without any associated pain and due to a spinal compression. We conclude that spinal lesions may produce the painless variant as it has been reported with the painful form.


Gabapentin Spinal compression Moving toes 


Conflict of interest statement

None of the authors has any potential conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurologyPuerta de Hierro HospitalMadridSpain

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