The human body is a marvelous system of separate organs working together as a whole.
When you feel pain in one area of your body, it can also affect other regions.
For example, if you start feeling pain in your feet, you assume it's from wearing tight-fitting shoes or a small injury.
While this may be true, there are also other reasons why you could feel weakness, numbness and foot pain. Did you know that foot and heel pain can be caused by a problem in your spine?
Pain caused by herniated discs or spinal stenosis can easily be transferred to your feet. If you have difficulty lifting your feet or feel that they're too heavy, you may be dealing with a spinal issue.
Keep reading to find out how your spine problems are interconnected to your feet and how to find relief.
Spinal Problems and Foot and Heel Pain
Spinal issues can often be the culprit behind your foot and heel pain. Usually, the pain starts in your leg. Then, it slowly spreads down to your feet and heels.
This is where you begin to experience problems walking, lifting your feet or general numbness. But you often overlook the reason for this pain and write it off.
Some of the most common spinal conditions that can cause foot pain are:
- Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
- Spinal Stenosis
- Herniated Disc
Once your doctor pinpoints the exact spinal problem, they'll tell you where to go from there.
So for example, if you have a herniated disc, you're dealing with a collapsed, protruded, slipped or torn disc. This, in return, can cause leakage of the inner disc fluid that inflames the nerves around it.
The pain can travel throughout your body. However, if the pain is the strongest in your feet, you may be suffering from a herniated disc.
On the other hand, foot pain can also be caused by lumbar spinal stenosis. When a tissue or bone grows into your spinal bone openings, this causes irritation of the nerves that spread outside the spinal cord.
You may feel numbness, cramps, stiffness or localized pain in your feet.
Sciatica is another example of a spinal problem causing foot and heel pain.
This is not a medical condition per se, but rather a symptom of the other lower back problems we mentioned. But in any case, it can still cause foot pain.
When your sciatic nerves (the nerves connecting your legs and spine) are irritated due to a problem in your lower back, this can result in leg, heel and foot pain. You'll feel a tingling sensation, numb and weak feet.
Usually, spinal problems are resolved with the help of a physician or sometimes surgery. But for the time being, you can find relief doing simple foot exercises and massages.
There are many causes of foot and heel pain, but usually, they're a direct result of standing or working on your feet for prolonged periods of time.
But if this the pain doesn't go away after a while and your feet are still heavy, numb, and painful, you may be dealing with spinal problems.
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