Relationship Between Foot Pain and Spinal Issues

Relationship Between Foot Pain and Spinal Issues

Foot pain is usually derived from wearing shoes that do not fit, injury or physical issues, such as tendonitis, arthritis or bursitis. At Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center, we know that in some cases, pain in your foot may be linked to problems in your spine. 

In fact, studies have shown that spinal dysfunction can cause leg pain that radiates down to your feet.

These types of dysfunction include:

Herniated discs

Spinal disc problems, like a torn disc, slipped disc, disc protrusion or collapsed disc could lead to pain in your feet. With a herniated disc, it’s not usually the disc itself that is painful, but rather the leaking inner disc fluid that irritates a nearby nerve causing nerve root pain. This radicular pain from the pinched nerve may travel from the lower back to other parts of the body, such as down the leg or the arm.


Five sciatic nerves join at the base of the spine and extend down the back of each leg to your toes. These nerves connect the spinal cord to many of the leg and foot muscles. When sciatic nerves become irritated, they may cause leg and foot pain known as sciatica.


Degenerative spondylolisthesis is a lower back condition that occurs when a slipped vertebra goes forward over the vertebra below it. When the vertebra slips, it compromises the spine segment and leads to a pinched nerve that radiates pain down the leg and into the foot.


Arthritis is an inflammation of the joint that causes symptoms such as pain, tenderness, swelling and stiffness of joints. This can lead to soft tissue damage in the body. Over time, small bony growths form on facet joints and on the vertebrae as a response to joint instability. As the bone spurs enlarge, they cut into a nerve space called spinal stenosis, which entraps the nerves passing through the spinal structure. This pain can radiate down from the spine to the foot and leg.

Why Choose Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center

If you suspect that your foot pain may be because of a spinal issue, you and your physician should consider any of the above spinal dysfunctions. After an initial medical checkup, your physician may direct you to a spine specialist, like Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center, for further examination. We’re here to help you move better so you can live better. Click here to schedule your free consultation today!