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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
September 06, 2022
Category: Back Pain, Feet

Our bodies are like a chain with one link. Think about what would happen if the first link in the chain was out of position. The point at which it meets the next link would eventually overstress that link and adversely affect the entire chain. That old song, “The leg bones connected to the thigh bone. The thigh bones connected to the hip bone…,” tells the whole story. If you have been suffering from foot pain and discomfort for a long time, it could affect the rest of your body. If you are changing the way you walk to avoid foot discomfort, this could lead to back pain- and vice versa. 

The Connection Between the Lower Back and Foot

The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that begins near the base of the spine, extending downward through the lower extremities, traveling through the hips, buttocks, and legs, before ending in the feet near the toes. If a nerve root in the lower back is irritated or compressed, it can cause pain to radiate along the sciatic nerve to the patient’s foot. The sciatic nerve is what sends the commands which allow for basic movements, such as walking and sitting. When this nerve becomes constricted, inflamed, or compressed in the lumbar spine, often due to degenerative spine conditions that develop in the lower back, the set of symptoms is known as “sciatica.”

Common Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Slower reflexes
  • Muscle spasms

Common Causes

Common Treatment Options

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your feet, schedule an appointment at Feet First Foot Care Specialists. Our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas is board-certified and treats a wide range of conditions. To schedule an appointment, call our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860)-632-5499 or visit our website.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
July 25, 2018
Tags: muscle spasms  

Muscle spasms might seem like just a minor irritation, but they could be an indication of a larger issue going on in your feet or your body. Have you ever experienced a muscle spasm? A tight, painful contraction in your feet or toes that causes a great deal of pain, followed by muscle twitching and then pins and needles or a tingling feeling? Sometimes they can be just mildly annoying but sometimes they can be quite painful. Spasms clear out pretty quickly, and you can carry on with whatever you were doing, but if they occur often, they definitely need to be checked by a podiatrist.

What causes muscle spasms in your feet?

The name for muscle spasms in your feet and toes is carpopedal spasms and there are several things that could cause them. These include:

  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • Nerve damage
  • Dehydration
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Electrolyte deficiencies

How can the cause be determined?

If you are experiencing carpopedal spasms repeatedly, your podiatrist will need to assess why. Dr. Adam Mucinskas will start by evaluating your medical background and lifestyle, and then conduct a comprehensive examination. He’ll look at your feet, ankles, and toes to find any underlying issues that might be causing the spasms. Once he determines the issue, he will move on to treatment.

How are spasms treated?

Muscle spasm treatment all depends on what is causing them. Some common treatments include:

  • Prescription medication
  • Electrical stimulation therapy
  • Laser therapy
  • Decompression surgery using nerve wraps
  • Vitamin injections
  • Calcium supplements

As always, these issues should only be evaluated and treated by a medical professional. Attempting to treat carpopedal spasms on your own can do more harm than good.

The causes and treatments for muscle spasms vary greatly. If you’re suffering from muscle spasms in your feet or toes, call your podiatrist. Here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, Dr. Adam Mucinskas can help you decode what is causing the spasms and get you on the road to relief. We feature innovative treatments and state-of-the-art technologies at our conveniently located office in the Cromwell, Connecticut area. Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment at (860) 632-5499.



 








 

 

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