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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.

If your foot pain is caused by a problem in your spine, you will almost always have leg pain or numbness as well. It would be unusual to have only the foot pain in isolation.

Telltale signs can also include difficulty bringing your foot up or walking on your tip-toes, and/or experiencing foot heaviness or weakness—commonly referred to as foot drop. It is also more common for symptoms related to a lower back problem to present only on one side of the body; if both feet are affected it is less likely caused by a problem in your lower back.

Spine dysfunctions associated with foot pain

Any dysfunction in the spine that affects the sensitive spinal nerves in your lower back may cause radiating leg pain that extends into your foot.

These conditions commonly include:

  • Herniated discs
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Enlargement of the facet joints caused by facet joint arthritis or osteoarthritis (bone spurs)

The type of pain felt depends on which nerve is affected and how much. For example, a dysfunction in the L3-L4 segment of the spine may result in pain in the front of the thigh, the front of the knee, the shin, and/or the foot.

Dealing with the underlying cause

If you think your foot pain may be caused by a problem in your spine, consult your primary care physician or a spine specialist for a diagnosis. If any neurological symptoms are present, such as foot drop, it is important to get a diagnosis as soon as possible.

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.

SOURCE: http://www.spine-health.com/blog/could-your-foot-pain-be-caused-problem-your-spine


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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