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Old 09-26-2011, 09:01 AM   #1
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sore foot in the morning

For the past couple of weeks, when I get out of bed in the morning and step onto my left foot, it is sore. This lasts anywhere from a few minutes to up to an hour. This started the same day that I began to have lower back pain. I'm still dealing with the back pain- my doctor thinks it's a slipped disk and I have a follow-up appointment next week. But I'm wondering if the slipped disk could be causing the foot pain. It is on the same side that I'm starting to get nerve pains down my leg, and it started on the same morning. Or could it be something else?

 
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Re: sore foot in the morning

Back problems can produce foot pain, if they are affecting your leg nerves.

Or, foot pain that's worst with the first step out of bed could be plantar fasciitis. The best treatment for that is stretching the heel and calf before you get out of bed in the morning. Icing also helps. Some people roll a water bottle under the foot in the morning.

See what helps. Do let the doctor who is treating the back pain know about the foot pain.

 
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Old 09-26-2011, 10:35 AM   #3
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Re: sore foot in the morning

Well my ankles hurt and swell when I overuse them, but I don't know about back problems. I don't know if I'm still too young to know too much about them...

My mother, on the other hand, has two hernias on her back but her feet are fine.
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Re: sore foot in the morning

Foot problems can be caused by back pain. If it is related to the nerves, it all depends on which ones are affected. Each level of the lower back (L4, L5, S1, etc) has a different nerve root and location of back pain is important when discussing foot pain.

If the back isn't the issue, it most certainly can be from simply walking differently. The two areas of pain may be caused from alignment issues, compensation, etc. The only way to know this for sure is a thorough physical evaluation of your back and lower extremity. Nerve conduction or EMG testing may be helpful as well if a back injury is considered the probable cause.

 
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