Could your Foot Pain be Caused by a Problem in your Spine?
We’ve all experienced foot pain before, whether it’s from an injury, bad shoes, or something anatomical like a neuroma, bursitis, tendonitis, or arthritis.
In most cases, your foot pain is caused by problems within the foot itself, but in some cases, it may actually be caused by problems in your spine.
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If your foot pain is caused by a problem in your spine, you will almost always have leg pain or numbness to go along with it. Telltale signs can also include difficulty bringing your foot up or walking on your tip-toes, and/or experiencing foot heaviness or weakness.
Spine dysfunctions associated with foot pain
Any dysfunction in the spine that pinches your spinal nerves in your lower back as a result of a narrowing in your spinal canal (spinal stenosis) may cause leg pain that extends into your feet.
Dealing with the underlying cause
If you think your foot pain may be caused by a problem in your spine, ask your primary care physician to consider any of the above spinal dysfunctions. He or she may do an initial medical workup, or they may send you to a pain management spine specialist for further examination.
The good news is there are many non-surgical treatments that may help treat the root of the problem and get you back on your feet again.
Janet D. Pearl, MD, MSc is the Medical Director of The Center for Morton’s Neuroma and Complete Spine and Pain Care, an interventional and integrated Pain Management program located in Framingham, Massachusetts. Previously, Dr. Pearl was the Co-Director of the Pain Management Center at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, where she was also the Director of the Fellowship program. She is the former Director of a satellite pain center of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Pain Management Center, located at the HealthSouth Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Pearl held academic appointments at Harvard Medical School and Tufts Medical School. She serves on the Health Care Services Board of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents since 2000 as one of its physician representatives and is Chair of the Committee on Pain Management.