Since all the nerves are interconnected to each other inside our body resulting in the extension of the pain in one organ due to the pain in the other one. Hence, we have a joint of five nerves at the lower part of the spine inside our body called the sciatic nerve which extends down to the legs and the feet and connects the various muscles of the leg and foot to the spinal cord.
Concluding which, it is observed as a result shown in the research that spinal dysfunction like spinal canal narrowing or spinal stenosis can affect the spinal nerve in the lower back causing pain in your leg which can go down to your feet.
Under the category of pain and management in the Specialty Care Clinic, problems like this are treated with special care as well as eight prescriptions.
CAUSES OF FOOT PAIN FROM A SPINE PROBLEM
Compression and disturbance in the nerve root of the lower back or lumbar spine can cause pain in your leg and foot. There are some common causes that can result in irritation and compression in your nerve root-
- Lumbar herniated disc
- Degenerative disc disease
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
Sciatica is the term generally used for irritation, inflammation, or pinching in the sciatic nerve. Sciatica can include all of the points mentioned above. You can test your sciatic nerve condition on your own like this-
- Lift your leg at a time.
- Do some squats.
- Walk on your heels.
- Sit straight on a chair without the back support.
- Bend your shoulders, bring down your neck and touch your chin to your chest.
- Hold your hands tightly behind your back.
There are also other medical ways to test your sciatic nerve condition-
- CT scan
HOW TO KNOW IF I HAVE SYMPTOMS OF SCIATICA?
- You can have moderate as well as severe pain in your lower back going down to your foot.
- Numbness in your leg, buttocks, and feet, also weakness sometimes.
- You may also have some burning, stabbing sensation in your leg down to your foot.
Sciatic nerve generally gets weakened with time as you grow older which may further be developed into sciatica. However, it can also come if you have an unhealthy or irregular lifestyle. But we can control it by doing some basic kinds of stuff at our home-
- Do some warm-ups and light stretching before some intense workouts.
- Avoid sitting for a longer period.
- Take small breaks if you have sitting jobs.
- Consume less smoking and tobacco products.
There are some common basic things that we do in our daily life. We do overlook them sometimes but may result in sciatic nerve damage in the near future. Those are-
- Having a previous injury can increase the chances of sciatic nerve damage.
- Having overweight can also lead to foot pain as the more weight you carry the more work your back and spine will have to do to carry out your weight which can put a strain on your leg or foot.
- Lack of a healthy lifestyle if you have more of a sitting job. Not moving your muscles lack exercise.
- Consumption of tobacco products as it contains nicotine which can affect your spinal tissues and weaken bone density.
- Heavy weightlifting jobs can result in putting more strain and pressure on your lower back which can then result in foot pain.
- Suffering from diabetes and osteoarthritis can also cause damage to your spine and injure your nerve.
- Having a weak core may also lead to this. The stronger your core the more support you will have for your lower back.
You can also have some other causes for foot pain related to spine problems which are L4 and L5.
Although each organ works differently, pain or issue in any one of them can lead to another if not paid attention timely. You can opt for our services at Specialty Care.
WHAT ARE L4 AND L5?
These are the lower vertebrae of the lumbar spine. It functions to support the upper body and to execute the trunk motion in multiple directions.
There are some common problems faced due to L4 and L5 –
- Facet joint problem
- Disc problem
- Degenerative spondylolisthesis
- Spinal stenosis
SYMPTOMS OF SCIATICA-
- Sharp pain in the lower back can extend into the nerve connecting the foot to the spine.
- Weakness in the leg while walking, and moving in different directions.
- Numbness in the leg while moving thigh, foot, and knee.
- Different types of sensations in legs such as pinching and tingling.