I know once in your lifetime you have had a foot pain. It might have been caused by a tight shoe or an anatomical condition like neuronal – a swelling of the nerve that causes trauma. Not every time is the pain in your foot is due problems within in your foot. It could also be due to a problem with your spine.
First, let’s see the causes of leg and foot pain.
Causes of Foot Pain
Many factors and conditions can cause foot and leg pain. The main symptoms s commonly originates from the lower back where the nerves branch to give functions to the ankles, feet and knees. The main culprit of leg pain is lower back pains that cause numbness and tingling effect on the feet. Below are conditions that cause neurological symptoms of numbness and numbness to the feet.
Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
Lumbar degenerative disc disease is commonly associated with aging. As we age, the tissues lose water (become dehydrated), loose flexibility and allow limited movement. This may cause pain that radiates down to the legs.
The common symptoms of the lumbar degenerative disease are lower back pain and foot and leg pain. When lumbar degenerative disease brings about foot and leg pain, it is known as ‘referred pain.’ This happens in the same case where heart attacks can bring about shoulder and chest pains. When you get referred pains, the brain cannot exactly know the source of the pain and as a result, causes pain that is dull and achy, and it is not localized in a certain position.
Leg pain caused by degenerated disc disease is caused by a compressed nerve that radiated to the legs. The pain from an inflamed and compressed nerve is sharp and shooting.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis is a condition that causes the spine to narrow. The nerves are compressed leading to back pain. When this occurs at the lower part of the spine, it causes lower back pain. Spinal stenosis mostly, but not all the time, occurs to old people. With age, the facet joints become big due to degeneration.
The narrowing of the spine can be diagnosed through an MRI scan. The symptoms include leg pain, sharp radiating back pain, leg tingling and also leg numbness. The leg pain caused by spinal stenosis progress with time as the spine continues to narrow. If you are diagnosed with spinal stenosis, this is not the end of life. There are exercises that you can adopt to reduce and relieve the symptoms of the disease.
Usually, exercises that make patients lean forward helps relieve pain by relieving pressure on the affected nerves.
Lumbar Herniated Disc
A Herniated disc tends s to put pressure on the root of the nerve. The result is a radiate down the leg the foot. The symptoms depend on where the herniated discs are located on the spine. The treatment also varies from surgical procedure to non- surgical procedures. Surgical procedures are prescribed to patients with severe back pains, and a portion of the herniated disc is removed so as to relieve pressure from the nerve. Doing this makes the inflammation to reduce, and the affected nerve heals fast.
Sciatica – Symptom of lower back Pain
All the above conditions cause lower back pain and cause leg pains are also referred d to as sciatica. The pain transmits along the sciatic nerve down to the legs. Sciatica presents itself as pain in the buttocks of sharp pain in the leg.
Foot Pain diagnosis
Proper diagnosis of foot pain accurately is necessary. Self-diagnosis is highly discouraged since you may end up treating a condition that does not exist. If lower back problems cause the foot pain, make a point to see a qualified doctor so as to get the right diagnosis and treatment.
Nerve pain as a Result of Spinal Problems
Most people are surprised to hear that foot pain is somehow connected to problems with the spine. Yes, the pain in your foot may be as a result of a nerve in your lower back. The cause of the pain may be an underlying problem of your back – sciatic problems. The sciatic nerve transmits the pain you feel in your foot from the lower back.
It is crucial to remember there are many different nerves in the foot and any irritation on pinching of these nerves can cause foot pain. For example, wearing of tight and high shoes could cause pinching of a nerve and later causing a sharp pain.
Corns are other culprits of foot pain. Corns can grow with time and cause compression of a nerve in the foot. Also, Morton’s neuroma can be the reason for your foot pain. This condition makes the tissues around the nerve to thicken and thus compressing the nerve in your foot causing foot pain.
How to Determine the Cause of your Foot Pain
As we have seen, foot pain is caused by some factors. How do you know what is the actual cause of your foot pain is? Does the pain originate from the lower part of your back? In most cases, pain that occurs on one side of your body and mainly caused by sciatica. If the problem presents itself on both feet, his may due to conditions lie spinal stenosis that could make the symptoms to appear on both legs.
When to see a Doctor
Always schedule an appointment with your doctor for accurate diagnosis. The reason behind this is treating the condition causing the pain rather that the pain itself. For example, a herniated disc could be treated with heat therapy or exercise. On the other hand, a cone is treated with new fitting shoes or soaking the feet in warm water.
The great news is that sciatica is treatable within four to twelve weeks and you will not have to live with the foot pain for a long term.