sciatica and Morton's neuroma

Slump test for sciatica

Slump test for sciatica

Have you heard of any connection between sciatica and morton's neuroma when there is no pain in the foot? A podiatrist claims to relieve the sciatic nerve pain by shaving down small bone spurs between the 3-4 toes in the foot.

That's an interesting question. Frankly, I'm a bit sceptical for several reasons. Firstly the spurs usually grow back.

Secondly, if you have no pain in the foot, I doubt you have a Morton's neuroma.

Having said all that, a disturbed gait because of a problem, painful or otherwise, in the foot and ankle can certainly upset the applecart. Just a short leg can do that.

The big question for me is whether bending forwards, backwards and to the side provokes the pain and tightness in the leg; and secondly if the Slump test for sciatica is positive. If that is the case I would certainly be looking at the lower back and pelvis first, and only later at the foot.

Start doing our lower back exercises faithfully every morning before getting out of bed; they take less than two minutes.

I hope this contributes to your conundrum.

Dr B

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