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   Posted 6/10/2010 5:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone. I think I may have asked this before, but I'm not sure. The bottom of my feet burn. It's not all of the time, but it's bad. Also, right now the top of my right foot hurts. My therapist says this is from my back (I have disk problems/nerve damage--but my diagnosis is chronic pain).


I don't understand how your BACK can make your FEET hurt.

Can anyone explain? If not, I understand. It just doesn't even make any sense at all to me. I'm bad at science, lol.



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   Posted 6/10/2010 5:39 AM (GMT -6)   
This is how it was explained to me. There are thousands of nerves that come from your back, go down your leg and into the feet. When a nerve is irritated, it can affect anything along it's path. I have back issues too and I have the burning feet on occasion. Very uncomfortable!
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   Posted 6/10/2010 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had the same problems and lots more. with pain in hips, down legs and in feet. After two foot and ankle surgeons said I have no problem when I complained of heel pain, I went to a podiatrist who said my pain was from my back. I have all sorts of radiculopathy, bulging disks, curvatures which cause back apin.

I went to a pain doc and he injected L5-S1 with depo-medrol, and the pain went away instantly and stayed gone for a year. It's back again and the first injection this year in that spot didn't work, but I'm hoping the second one will.

You can only have 3 injections a year in the same spot or you will get degeneration and make things worse.

I have large heel spurs, but the podiatrist said they don't cause pain, and he was right.

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   Posted 6/10/2010 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Flower, nerves are very funny and touchy things and sorry to hear that yours are acting up!! Like Red said, that is basically how it was explained to me. The nerves are bundled pretty close together at your spine and then branch out and spread through the legs and feet.....kind of like tree branches. So when there is inflammation in your spine it causes nerves to be impinged and depending where that nerve runs it causes pain or other weird feelings. I remember after I hurt my back, which was just over 3 years ago.....about 3 weeks into the injury, I woke up one morning with a cramp in my foot. It was so bad I screamed. I could not step on that foot at all and I remember thinking what did I do now? I went to the doc and he told me it was from my back. He gave me steroids and it calmed the inflammation, which took the pressure off the nerve and the pain stopped! Over the past 3 years, I have had all kinds of stuff going on in my hips, knees and feet. It seems very random on where it hits and varies from terrible pain to numb or tingly. One of the worst things is the feeling of spiders crawling all over my legs. I hate bugs so that freaks me out and happens a lot!!! Anyway, hang in there and know that it is "normal" for this to happen with back pain! Although with chronic pain you begin to wonder what "normal" is anymore! Take care of you!

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