Can Lower Back Problems Cause Foot Pain?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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If a person has back strain in the lower lumbersacral area and has patellofemoral syndrome, can these problems cause an individual to have foot trouble (i.e. pain under the bottom of feet)?

Doctor's response

It is possible to have pain, numbness, and/or tingling on the bottom of the foot when the nerves from the lower part of the spine that supply sensation to the feet are injured. This most commonly occurs from a disc herniation, but can also occur when bone of the building blocks of the spine (vertebrae) is directly pinching on these nerves.

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