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Posted by cindy on 2/07/03 at 12:26 (108350)

Since June I've been having severe pain on the instep of my left foot and now starting to get the pain on the right. I have chronic pain in my lower back, could this be causing my feet to hurt?

Re: foot pain

BrianJ on 2/07/03 at 13:04 (108360)

Cindy --

The short answer is yes, your lower back pain could be related to your foot pain. Go to a back doctor, whom I suspect will test for spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal canal. The odds are that you do NOT have spinal stenosis, but it's at least worth ruling out.

Re: foot pain

Julie on 2/07/03 at 14:24 (108365)

Cindy

Chronic back trouble could certainly affect your feet. This could be because you are walking in a certain way in order to avoid the worst of your back pain. It could also be that pressure on a a nerve (the sciatic nerve, for example) is causing foot pain.

You need to get your back checked out. The difficulty is that back specialists know about backs, and feet specialists know about feet, and it's not easy to find a practitioner who understands that all structures in the body are related. A chiropractor or an osteopath might be your best bet to start with.

Re: foot pain

cindy on 2/07/03 at 14:52 (108371)

brian

I already been to a neurosurgeon for my back and had several nerve blocks for the pain. I don't have stenosis but I do have severe arthritis. I started seeing a foot doctor and she's think that I might have tarsal tunnel syndrome. She wants m to have further tests but I believe it all related to my back.

Re: foot pain

BrianJ on 2/07/03 at 13:04 (108360)

Cindy --

The short answer is yes, your lower back pain could be related to your foot pain. Go to a back doctor, whom I suspect will test for spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal canal. The odds are that you do NOT have spinal stenosis, but it's at least worth ruling out.

Re: foot pain

Julie on 2/07/03 at 14:24 (108365)

Cindy

Chronic back trouble could certainly affect your feet. This could be because you are walking in a certain way in order to avoid the worst of your back pain. It could also be that pressure on a a nerve (the sciatic nerve, for example) is causing foot pain.

You need to get your back checked out. The difficulty is that back specialists know about backs, and feet specialists know about feet, and it's not easy to find a practitioner who understands that all structures in the body are related. A chiropractor or an osteopath might be your best bet to start with.

Re: foot pain

cindy on 2/07/03 at 14:52 (108371)

brian

I already been to a neurosurgeon for my back and had several nerve blocks for the pain. I don't have stenosis but I do have severe arthritis. I started seeing a foot doctor and she's think that I might have tarsal tunnel syndrome. She wants m to have further tests but I believe it all related to my back.