The spine is comprised of 33 vertebrae that are connected via the connective tissue and cartilage. Facet joints connect the vertebrae. They can be, just like other joints within the body, affected. They can be afflicted with discomfort, inflammation, degeneration, and degeneration. The pain can be felt in the back or neck when the facet joints, vertebrae, and other spinal parts are impacted by the long-term effects of an injury, poor posture, damage, or inactivity.
Series of Spinal nerves:
Dr. Mike Austin explains that your lower spine contains a series of spinal nerves that run down your legs to your feet. Foot pain can result from irritation or compression of the nerve roots, the part of the nerve that exits the spine. Foot pain can also be caused by a nerve being compressed in the foot, hip, or knee.
1. Sciatica Causes & Symptoms Video:
Sciatic nerve pain in one’s foot is often accompanied by a sharp pain in the other leg.
2. Foot Pain Due To A Spinal Problem:
Nerve root irritation, or compression in the sacral or lumbar spines (lower back), can cause sciatica pain to radiate down your legs and into your feet.
There are many reasons nerve roots can become irritated or compressed. There are some common examples.
a. Lumbar Herniated Disk:
Leakage of the inner contents of an intervertebral disc.
b. Lumbar Disc Degenerative Disease:
The disc shrinks and narrows as a result of age-related changes
Slipping of a vertebra over the one below.
d. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis:
Narrowing the bony openings to spinal nerves or the spinal cord
Dr. Mike Austin explains that foot drop is a condition that causes the inability to lift your front foot and frequent tripping when walking. The L5 nerve root is commonly compressed. Foot drop can also be caused by compression of the L4 or S1 nerve roots.
Foot Pain Due To Compression of Nerves in The Leg, Hip, or Knee:
When nerves become compressed or damaged in the leg, hip, or knee, it can cause foot pain.
Take, For Example:
- Peroneal Neuropathy is a condition in which the peroneal nerve near the knee is compressed or injured. it can cause foot pain and foot drop. 5
- Sciatic Neuropathy, or damage to sciatic nerves in the pelvic region (hip), may cause foot pain and weakness.
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome or dysfunction in the tibial nerve of the inner foot may cause sharp shooting pains along your soleus.
- Sural nerve entrapment may occur in the leg near the ankle or the leg. It can cause shooting pain along your foot and ankle.
Corn can also form on the skin between your toes. Excessive friction can cause corns to grow and compress nearby nerves. It can lead to pain and other symptoms. Morton’s neuroma is another possible cause of nerve pain. It is a thickening in the tissue surrounding a nerve in the feet.
How Do You Identify The Cause of Foot Pain?
It can be hard to identify the cause of nerve pain in your foot because there are many possible causes. These signs can help you pinpoint the cause of foot pain.
- A foot pain following trauma to the ankle, hip, knee, or lower back may indicate nerve damage.
- Sciatica or nerve root compression may cause foot pain.
- Peroneal or supra nerve compression may cause foot pain after wearing tight shoes or boots.
- Sciatic Neuropathy is a condition whereby the sciatic nerve can cause foot pain after hip injections or surgery.
Dr. Mike Austin explains nerve pain in your foot can also be caused by nerve damage due to systemic conditions like diabetes or multiple sclerosis. Foot pain can be caused by twisting, bending, or direct hitting your foot and ankle.
Make An Appointment With Your Doctor:
To accurately diagnose your foot pain, you must make an appointment with your doctor. There are many treatments for foot pain. They should be tailored to the cause of the problem and not the symptoms. A lumbar herniated disk may need heat therapy and exercise. Corn on your toe will often respond well to special shoes and warm liquids.