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Foot Pain Caused by Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is the body’s largest nerve. It runs from the lower back to the knees before branching into other nerves that extend to the feet and toes. When this nerve becomes pressured or compressed, it causes a condition known as sciatica which can cause radiating or electric pain starting in the lower back down to the toes. There may even be feelings of tingling or numbness. The many possible causes of sciatica include a herniated disc, a narrowing of the spinal column due to age (spinal stenosis), bad posture, trauma, nerve disorders, muscular strain, being overweight, and vertebral misalignment. Sciatica usually affects people aged 40 and older. Those who work in awkward positions are believed to be more at risk of developing sciatica. If you believe you may have sciatica, it’s wise to contact a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis. Treatment to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve may include massage and/or physical therapy, stretching, medication, biomechanical adjustments with orthotics, or possibly even surgery, depending on the cause.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Ronald K. Olm from Grand Traverse Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Traverse City and Kalkaska, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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