Foot pain caused by a spinal problem
Nerve root irritation or compression in the lumbar or sacral spine (lower back) may cause sciatica pain to radiate down your leg and into the foot. Specifically, compression of the S1 nerve root, also called classic sciatica, can cause pain along the outer side of your foot.
Nerve roots may be compressed or irritated due to a number of causes. Common examples include:
Foot pain caused by compression of nerves in the hip, knee, or leg
Foot pain can also occur when nerves are compressed or damaged along their path in the hip, knee, or leg. For example:
How to identify the source of your foot pain
With all the possible causes of nerve pain in the foot, it may be difficult to pinpoint the exact underlying cause. Here are a few useful signs to help you identify the source of your foot pain:
Twisting, bending, or a direct hit on your ankle and/or foot may injure the foot bones, ankle joint, blood vessels, muscles and/or tendons, causing foot pain.
Schedule a visit with your Chiropractor
It is important to schedule an appointment with your chiropractor to accurately diagnose the cause of your foot pain. Treatments for foot pain can differ widely and must be directed at resolving the underlying cause; not just masking the symptoms. For example, a lumbar herniated disc may require heat therapy and exercise, while a corn on your toe can often be treated with special shoes and warm water.
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