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How could a herniated disc affect my foot?

How could a herniated disc affect my foot?

Pinched nerve: The nerves to your feet come out of your low back. If you have a herniated disc, it can put pressure on the nerve to the foot causing symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Bulging Disk (Definition)

Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more


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I have a suspected herniated disc- now I can't move any of my toes on one foot?

I have a suspected herniated disc- now I can't move any of my toes on one foot?

Back pain: This is something that should be addressed sooner than later. The main concern is that there is a pinched nerve in your back that is affecting your ability to move your toes. Make an appointment as soon as possible with your primary care doctor or an Orthopaedic spine surgeon so that an exam and an MRI of your lumbar spine can be ordered. Hope this helps. Take care. Joe Wilson. ...Read more

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I have herniated disc, which causes right leg and foot weakness. Solution?

I have herniated disc, which causes right leg and foot weakness. Solution?

See a doctor.: Distal weakness that is the result of neural compression due to herniated disc needs evaluation and monitoring by a physician. If it is progressing or interfering with function it may need surgery. However, there are some big caveats here... How do you know that the weakness is not caused by another problem? This is where your physician evaluation is priceless. ...Read more

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I have herniated disc. It causes right leg and foot weakness. What are the next steps?

I have herniated disc. It causes right leg and foot weakness. What are the next steps?

Herniated Disc: Please consult with you physician - some patients opt for pain management based on the severity of the pain, other opt for physical therapy to regain strength. ...Read more

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I recently saw my family doctor for pain in my calf and foot. My family doctor said I have a herniated disc in my low back, so she referred me

I recently saw my family doctor for pain in my calf and foot. My family doctor said I have a herniated disc in my low back, so she referred me

Consult: Consult service can be a very wise idea. It does not mean you will have surgery. It can help you and your physician to have the extra tool to decide what is the best care and option in your situation. The pain might be a combination of different things which medical consultation can be helpful. ...Read more

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After spinal surgery for a herniated disc at l4-l5 and l5-s1 how long will it take for foot numbness to go away?

After spinal surgery for a herniated disc at l4-l5 and l5-s1 how long will it take for foot numbness to go away?

Months: For many patients, the numbness resolves. However, it can take several months. In a smaller percentage it persists but tends to be less bothersome over time. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc L5 S1 with disc desiccation an disc height loss. Could my right foot be swollen due to this my foot hurts so bad to walk?

I have a herniated disc L5 S1 with disc desiccation an disc height loss. Could my right foot be swollen due to this my foot hurts so bad to walk?

Maybe indirectly: L5/s1 discs cause low back pain, buttock cramping, and throbbing bone pain in the thigh and calf but not swelling. The swelling might be indirectly related to it if you are not using the leg as the muscles move fluid back towards the heart. You should see your doctor to make sure it's not anything more serious such as a blood clot or fracture ...Read more

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Recent MRI due to left leg pain and weakness in back of thigh calf and foot. Results show no herniated disc. So painful walking standing sitting! Help?

Recent MRI due to left leg pain and weakness in back of thigh calf and foot. Results show no herniated disc. So painful walking standing sitting! Help?

MRI: Which part of the body was the MRI performed?
It should be have been done at the lumbo sacral region of your low back.
Sound like a nerve root compression. You may require an epidural block.
Apply ice to your low back to see if symptoms improve for now along with an anti inflammatory for pain if not allergic. ...Read more

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I have herniated disc l5s1 with left leg sciatica and slight foot drop. My foot and ankle have gotten very itchy lately. Could this be related?

I have herniated disc l5s1 with left leg sciatica and slight foot drop. My foot and ankle have gotten very itchy lately. Could this be related?

Foot Drop: Is concerning. If you haven't seen a spine specialist, I would do that soon. If the strength in foot is not improving you may need to see a surgeon before more extensive nerve damage occurs. Itching can suggest nerve healing though. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc in L4 L5 and S1. (5yrs) I now have neurogenic atrophy. It only occurred after I had a walking cast on for 10 weeks. (Torn anterior ligament RT foot) Did isolating my leg in the cast trigger the atrophy? It's been going on for 7 mon

I have a herniated disc in L4 L5 and S1. (5yrs) I now have neurogenic atrophy. It only occurred after I had a walking cast on for 10 weeks. (Torn anterior ligament RT foot) Did isolating my leg in the cast trigger the atrophy? It's been going on for 7 mon

Atropy: A herniated disc at the levels l4-5 and L5-s1 can produce atropy in the muscles that those nerves supply. Typically in the anterior compartment of the lower leg and small muscles in the feet.
10 weeks of immobilization is quite a long time and was probably a factor in the atropy. ...Read more

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L5/s1 herniated disc leftwards, pain down both legs, when I sit the pain in my right is gets worse and my right ankle hurts and foot starts to go numb?

L5/s1 herniated disc leftwards, pain down both legs, when I sit the pain in my right is gets worse and my right ankle hurts and foot starts to go numb?

Another look at MRI: Since your right leg hurts more and has radicular symptoms, the right nerve roots are also being pinched. If there is severe facet joint disease on right side that may be the source. Another place to look would be right si joint area which can also irritate sciatic nerve causing radicular symptoms, injections at si joint may help better at times. A trial on depot Medrol (methylprednisolone) in right si joint. ...Read more

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Can hip pain be a symptom of herniated disc? I have l 3-4 disc protrusion (per mri) from lifting a heavy object. Initially I only had low back and hip pain. Over the period of 2 weeks I developed pain down my left leg and into the sole of my left foot.

Yes: A lumbar disc protrusion can definitely cause hip and leg pain. There are also many other potential causes including having a bad hip itself. A physical exam can usually determine the cause of your pain. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Experiencing pain and tingling in left leg/foot. MRI shows herniated disc L4 L5 with L5 nerve impingement but EMG was normal. Get a 2nd EMG?

Experiencing pain and tingling in left leg/foot. MRI shows herniated disc L4 L5 with L5 nerve impingement but EMG was normal. Get a 2nd EMG?

Physical therapy: In a case where there are symptoms of nerve impingement, and some tests show it (MRI) and others don't (EMG), this may reflect the positional and postural nature of the way our spinal cord and nerve roots move in our body. Rather than get more testing, consider physical therapy. If several weeks of PT had no benefit, then follow-up in person with a neurologist, physiatrist, or neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Can l1-l2 herniated disk cause foot drop?

Can l1-l2 herniated disk cause foot drop?

Not typically: Typically due to compressive pathology of the L4 nerve root or L5 -- most commonly at the l4-5 level. Not just a small herniated disc. There are other causes: neuromuscular, peripheral sciatic or peroneal nerve palsies or injuries. See your spine surgeon. ...Read more

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Can a herniated disk in l5/s1 cause pressure in the foot or trouble with the toes when walking?

Can a herniated disk in l5/s1 cause pressure in the foot or trouble with the toes when walking?

Yes: L5-s1 disk herniation can irritate either the L5 or s1 nerve root. Nerve irritation can cause leg pain, weakness, numbness. These symptoms can radiate down to the foot. This might affect your toes when walking.

See your doctor, who can decide if MRI is needed, and if you need treatment. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage from siatica heal on its own from herniated disk? Right foot can stand on heel it drops what kind of doc should I see spine doc?

Be evaluated: You would need to be followed closely. But yes, weakness from a herniated disc can potentially improve as the herniation heals. But you need to be followed closely because if it worsens you might need urgent surgery to avoid a complete and permanent "foot drop." See a spinal surgeon to discuss, even if you don't think you need surgery, you need to be followed by a surgeon just in case. ...Read more

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I have herniated disk L5 S1, weakness in left foot. Since Wed. I want to urinate after emptying bladder now I have, diahreoa and pain in left side, is?

Be seen: You would want to be seen to make sure this is not a variant of cauda equine syndrome, which is considered an indication for surgery; and also be checked for other associated conditions. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my l side sciatic px is from piriformis syndrome or herniated disk? The pain intensity varies & at time only in my l low back/buttock. When I have leg pain to my left foot goes cold.

Sometimes: It's very difficult to differentiate between those two. A good physical exam and history necessary. Avoid positions that worse the pain. An MRI sometimes necessary to r/o hnp. Ice, rest and stretching exercises will improved a piriformis syndrome. Also the use of nsaids meds sometimes indicated. Can take long. I went through ps symptoms in the past. Good luck. ...Read more

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Would seated pec fly be safe exercise to do with degenerated/herniated disc?

Depends: That depends on where the herniation is: cervical, thoracic, or lumbar. More in fo isneeded. ...Read more

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What kind of exercise is good for a herniated disc?

Core muscle strength: You need to do abdominal and low back strengthening and flexibility training. There are certain exercise regimens that are designed to stabilize the core muscles in the trunk to help with herniated disc issues. ...Read more

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I recently found out that I have a small herniated disc in my lower back. It does not hurt so bad as of now but when I try to walk for exercise it hur?

I recently found out that I have a small herniated disc in my lower back. It does not hurt so bad as of now but when I try to walk for exercise it hur?

Physical therapy: Would see a doctor to evaluate you for physical therapy.
Proper exercise techniques can be learned from a skilled therapist and avoid continued injury to your back. ...Read more

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I heard that herniated disc patients shouldn't perform knee to chest exercise is it true?

Probably not: Bringing your knees to your chest increases the pressure within the disc and should usually be avoided. If you have back pain from dysfunction of the facet joints, sacroiliac joints or muscles, then knee-to-chest is ok. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc in my lower back (l5-s1). Is it safe to do spinning as exercise?

I have a herniated disc in my lower back (l5-s1). Is it safe to do spinning as exercise?

Depends: Spinning is an excellent, low impact activity. For patients with a herniated disk, it can be safe as long as it doesn't worsen symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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