Conditions of the Hips, Legs, Ankles and Feet
Do You Have Pain In Your Hips, Legs, Ankles or Feet?
Pain in the hips, legs, ankles and feet can result from many causes, including:
- Complex regional pain syndrome, also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy, or RSD
- Degenerative disc disease—when lower-back discs begin to break down
- Failed back syndrome
- Herniated discs—when a portion of a disc between the bones in the lower back bulges into the spinal canal
- Iliotibial band syndrome
- Joint pain
- Phantom pain following an amputation
- Piriformis syndrome
- Sciatica (lumbar radiculopathy)
- Spinal stenosis
- Sports injuries-from running, playing soccer, etc.
Many times, a patient with a herniated lumbar disc will develop searing pain in the buttock and perhaps down the back of one or both legs. This condition, commonly known as sciatica, occurs when pain is felt down the leg and into the back of the thigh. Many times, this symptom is caused by a herniated disc that is irritating the lumbar nerve and transmitting pain into the thigh, leg and/or foot.
"Some patients come to us in pain after they've had multiple treatments, injections and back surgery for a herniated disc or lower-back pain," Dr. Aydin notes. "This condition is known as failed back syndrome. Patients like these can be candidates for advanced interventional pain management devices such as spinal cord stimulators."
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