Many spinal nerves that originate in the thoracic or lumbar region of the spine descend down to the leg and terminate in the foot.
When nerve roots of the spinal nerves are pinched or compressed due to a spinal condition such as sciatica nerve compression, herniated disc, bulging disc, lumbar spinal stenosis, Spondylolisthesis, etc. foot pain may occur. Sciatica nerve compression is the most common reason for pain in the foot.
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Following are some of the most commonly observed symptoms of spine injury causing foot pain:
Foot pain can be due to an injury, foot disease, wearing ill-fitted shows, arthritis, or a spinal problem. A diagnosis will help you find the real cause of your foot pain. Your doctor will check your reflexes, or may ask you to walk on your toes or lift your leg. Foot pain due to spine problems will become worse while doing these moves. To ensure the foot pain is caused due to a problem in your back, it is advisable to see a spine surgeon. Other diagnostic tests may include:
Treatments for foot pain differ widely, depending on the underlying cause. Mild to moderate foot pain due to a muscle pull or strain can be treated with conservative treatment methods. However, if the underlying cause is diagnosed to be a spinal injury, surgery is the best treatment.
If you suspect the pain in your foot is originating from a problem in your spine, a spine specialist should be contacted. At Southern California Brain & Spine Surgery, Dr. Moksha Ranasinghe board-certified, fellowship-trained neurosurgeon has years of experience and expertise in treating foot pain due to spinal injuries.
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The compression of the sciatica nerve is the major cause of foot pain. This nerve branches from the lower back down to your leg and ends in the foot. If this nerve is pinched in the lower part of the body, it may cause foot pain.
The bulging, ruptured, or torn disc may compress the L4 or L5 nerve root. The L5 nerve compression may produce pain that travels down to the leg and foot.