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How would a herniated disc cause pain on the bottom of the feet?

How would a herniated disc cause pain on the bottom of the feet?

Radiculopathy: Irritation to certain nerves (commonly the s1 nerve roots) from a herniated disc can manifest as pain radiating to the sole of the foot. ...Read more

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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 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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Frequent severe numb/tingling in both feet (more in right). When sitting & often standing/moving. Could my DDD or herniated disc at T11-12 cause this?

Frequent severe numb/tingling in both feet (more in right). When sitting & often standing/moving. Could my DDD or herniated disc at T11-12 cause this?

Herniated discs: Herniated discs at the spinal cord level especially in the center to right side could definitely cause your symptoms. At age 20 you should definitely see a spine surgeon for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Can herniated disc cause symptom just sometimes on straight leg test? Sometimes I get muscle twitching in feet other times not, same with big toe pain.

Can herniated disc cause symptom just sometimes on straight leg test? Sometimes I get muscle twitching in feet other times not, same with big toe pain.

Can be intermittent: If a herniated disc causes signs like straight leg raising or sciatic nerve tenderness, it can be intermittent. So can any neurological or muscular sign or symptom. Left alone most resolve with conservative treatment. And some people with herniated disc on imaging studies have no pain. ...Read more

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What causes tingling numbness I legs, knees and feet? Alsobottom of feet ache. Left worse than right. I do have bursitis in hips and C7 herniated disc

What causes tingling numbness I legs, knees and feet? Alsobottom of feet ache. Left worse than right. I do have bursitis in hips and C7 herniated disc

Many possible causes: There are many possible causes of numbness in your legs and feet. I know nothing of your health but diabetes can cause this, vitamin B12 deficiency, herniated disc issues, local nerve entrapment, or what is called idiopathic peripheral neuropathy. This warrants evaluation by your physician. ...Read more

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What can be done about back and feet ache caused by herniated disk, when physiotherapy didn't work?

What can be done about back and feet ache caused by herniated disk, when physiotherapy didn't work?

Correct PT?: When people let me know that pt is not working my first question is who, where, and what was done during therapy. More often that not the treatment did not include an important intervention. Not all pt is made the same. Discuss this with your physician. If therapy has been appropriate then further evaluation or testing may be necessary to determine what part of the spine is causing the pain. ...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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I was diagnosed with herniated disc and it was affecting my left side now it seems to be affectin my right side and my feet seem to be turning cold?

I was diagnosed with herniated disc and it was affecting my left side now it seems to be affectin my right side and my feet seem to be turning cold?

Symmetry: Often disc disease starts on one side and then with time the opposite side becomes involved especially if the discussion bulge or protrusion is not affecting the lateral recess but more central. Therefore update your MRI, get an EMG & understand that if the sympathetic nerves are affected, involved extremities can get cold. Start core strengthrning, see a spine surgeon and discuss meds vs injections ...Read more

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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

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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 recently been diag. With 2 herniated disc and put on heavy pain meds but now I have horribly swollen feet! Is this from the disc or pain meds?

I recently been diag. With 2 herniated disc and put on heavy pain meds but now I have horribly swollen feet! Is this from the disc or pain meds?

Difficult to say…: …without knowing the names of the pain meds or the location of the herniated discs. Please resubmit question with this information so we can give an informed response. ...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

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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Having a herniated disc, sinus issues continuously, colitis and numbness in hands, feet along with bursitis in shoulder...Are thes all related?

Having a herniated disc, sinus issues continuously, colitis and numbness in hands, feet along with bursitis in shoulder...Are thes all related?

It is impossible to: Your question s impossible to answer without knowing where the herniated disc was and how it was treated. ...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 had a herniated l5- s1 in 2011 and the sciatic pain is gone now. But since last week I feel tingling and numbness in the middle toe of my left feet. Is this due to herniated disc?

I had a herniated l5- s1 in 2011 and the sciatic pain is gone now. But since last week I feel tingling and numbness in the middle toe of my left feet. Is this due to herniated disc?

Radiculopathy: An l5-s1 disc herniation can cause this condition by causing irritation to the nerves that travel from the back to the foot. Morton's neuroma is another condition which can cause numbness in one toe. ...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