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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
October 25, 2017
Tags: tendonitis  

Tendonitis occurs when the tendon develops inflammation or irritation due to an injury or when there is repeated stress on the tendon. If this condition is not cared for and the tendon remains swollen for an extended amount of time, severe injuries such as rupture of the tendon can occur. Although this condition can happen to anyone, it is most frequently observed in athletes due to their tendency to repeat the same strenuous movements. Elders may also be at higher risk for tendonitis due to the tendons becoming less flexible. Contributing factors include deformities in feet, ankles or legs and flat feet, all of which put an unusual amount of tension on tendons. Achilles tendinitis is a degenerative disorder whereby the tendon’s makeup changes and is prone to injury such as tearing. This form of tendonitis can cause severe pain. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., has much experience treating this condition at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. Please call our offices at (860) 632-5499 or visit the Patient Education section of our website to find out more about tendonitis.

Exercising to help strengthen muscles will aid in preventing the onset of this condition. Other methods of prevention include utilizing proper shoes when exercising; warming up correctly as well as for an appropriate amount of time before participating in sporting activities; avoiding running on jagged surfaces; refraining from impulsive intense activity. When experiencing tendonitis, it is best to apply ice and keep the injured foot elevated when possible to reduce swelling. Also getting plenty of rest, keeping it elevated, using anti-inflammatories, wearing orthotics to support the ankle (which removes pressure from the tendon) or using heel lifts are also helpful. It can take over a month for the tendon to heal using these methods. When these methods do not significantly reduce pain, surgery may be needed to lengthen the calf muscles so that the ankle has greater motion. Due to the seriousness of this condition, please contact our offices right away to ensure your tendon remains in the best health possible.

 



 








 

 

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