Patients with spinal stenosis and foot pain have therapeutic options
Spinal stenosis can cause a wide range of symptoms, or no symptoms at all, but many patients note a correlation between spinal stenosis and foot pain. In many cases, the foot pain is accompanied by leg pain, hip pain and lower back pain. Some patients may even lose sensation in their foot, or feel as though it slaps the ground when they walk — a problem known as “foot drop.” In other cases tingling, numbness or shooting sensations in the feet are the patient’s primary symptoms.
Because the pain can be caused by a condition removed from the foot — such as a compressed spinal nerve — it may be difficult for doctors and patients alike to make the connection between the foot pain and spinal stenosis. However, when diagnosed correctly, patients can begin developing a pain management plan with the assistance of their primary care physician. Spinal stenosis-related foot pain often worsens over time. This is why it’s important to find effective methods for managing any discomfort you are experiencing.
Conservative therapies are the first choice for managing spinal stenosis-related foot pain
Upon diagnosis of spinal stenosis as the source of foot pain, conservative therapies are typically the first course of action. These options include:
Hot and cold compression therapy
Physical therapy sessions and regular exercise
Epidural spinal injections to relieve pain and inflammation
Some patients also choose to explore alternative options, such as acupuncture or chiropractic care, but it is important to keep your doctor informed of any new treatments you pursue.
When to consider spinal stenosis surgery
For some spinal stenosis patients, surgery may be necessary to achieve meaningful pain relief if conservative treatments have been fully exhausted. Traditional open spine surgery can involve a large incision, significant disruption of surrounding tissues, hospitalization and a long, often difficult, recovery period. As a safer and effective alternative, USA Spine Care performs minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery that offers a lower complication rate and no lengthy recovery^ compared to traditional procedures.
USA Spine Care is here to help you evaluate your spinal stenosis-related foot pain treatment options. To request a no-cost MRI review* and find out if you are a candidate for our procedures, contact us today.
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If you're living with spinal stenosis in the upper spine and searching for relief, reach out to USA Spine Care for help. Our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to helping people develop the right care plan to reach treatment goals and achieve lasting relief.
Patients can expect recovery to last 4-6 weeks in most cases (depending on the complexity of your condition). People who choose minimally invasive spine surgery recover faster and get back to work sooner than those who choose open back surgery. Read more in the links below: Recovery After a ProcedureWhat to ExpectRecovery Times
Problems from anesthesia.
A deep infection in the surgical wound.
A skin infection.
Nerve injury, including weakness, numbness, or paralysis.
Tears in the fibrous tissue that covers the spinal cord and the nerve near the spinal cord. These tears may require more surgery.
Trouble passing urine, or loss of bladder or bowel control.
Long-term (chronic) pain, which happens after surgery in some cases.
The chance that the surgery won't relieve your symptoms. And even if you get better with surgery, there is a chance that you may get new symptoms in the future.
Death from problems caused by surgery, but this is rare.
^Results are typical, but not guaranteed, each patients experience with spine surgery will differ.
For more information, visit usaspinecare.com/results. The information contained on this website is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to serve as a replacement for a medical diagnosis.
*Our MRI review is an informational review of the MRI report that you provide to us and is not a form of diagnosis. A diagnosis and a final determination of whether you may benefit from treatment at USA Spine Care can only be made after you have been physically examined by our medical professionals at USA Spine Care. The MRI review has no value and will not be billed.