Sciatic Nerve Symptoms, Leg and Foot

Sciatic Nerve Symptoms in the Leg and Foot caused by pressure somewhere along the nerve in the leg.  If pressure is bearing against the Sciatic nerve at any point pain can result caused by ridged, tight or strained muscles.  Compression of the Sciatic Nerve anywhere in the glut, upper or lower leg areas can cause pain issues.


Sciatic Nerve Symptoms in Leg and Foot

Sciatica is the symptom of a compressed nerve.  Sciatica may begin suddenly or develop gradually.  It consists of leg pain, like a bad leg cramp.  Or it can be an excruciating, shooting pain making standing or sitting very difficult.

 sciaticaLeg pain usually described as burning, tingling, or searing. Weakness, numbness, or issues when moving the leg, foot, and/or toes.  Pain radiating down the leg and possibly into the foot and toes.  Symptoms may include a combination of leg and foot pain, burning toes, weakness, tingling or numbness.

Sciatica pain is usually described as searing or sharp, rather than achy or throbbing.  Irritating different areas of the leg and into the foot or toes.

Following down the back of the leg.  Discomfort may be felt almost anywhere along the nerve pathway.  However, it’s likely to follow a path from the low back through the buttock.  Then down the back of the thigh and calf, possibly into the foot.  The pain may vary quite a bit, from mild ache to sharp, even a burning sensation or excruciating pain.


There may be a feeling of weakness, numbness, or burning, tingling (“pins and needlessciatica“) sensation.  While traveling down the leg, possibly burning into the small toes.  Less common symptoms are the inability to bend the knee or move the foot and toes.  Often pain issues are reported in the arch of the foot and heel.  Lower leg cramping can be very intrusive to sleep or performance of any kind.  In some cases the cramp may be hard enough to create long lasting pain for hours.

Is There Help Short of Surgery?

Clients having leg pain is common, in the 18 years of being a Pain Reduction Therapist.  The Sciatica Nerve Symptoms in Legs and Feet has been addressed multiple times with great success.  While using the advanced training from Michael Young in The Muscle Release Technique.

Sciatic Nerve compression can definitely instigate low leg cramps.  A recent complaint had a direct relationship to an inflamed area of the Sciatic Nerve.  The hamstring muscle above the knee was very inflamed.  Therefore it was painful to therapeutic touch pressure.  The client spoke of hard low leg cramps at night which did let go but ached well into the following day.  In working the leg, tenderness was apparent just below the back of the knee and some along the sides of the lower leg.  However the greatest discomfort was located above the knee in the hamstring where the Sciatic Nerve was so inflamed.  While the client had no indication of the hamstring issue.  This condition will definitely be instigating the low leg cramps.

Sciatic Nerve Compression

 sciaticaThen following the Sciatic Nerve upward into the glut area more tenderness became apparent.  The Piriformis Muscle inside the hip and pelvic region was “unhappy”!  Wow!  Thus the low leg cramping was the result of nerve compression by muscles way up the leg in the glut area.  Upon releasing the muscles in the entire leg relief prevailed.

What this exemplifies are rigid muscles tightening around the Sciatic Nerve and constantly compressing it creating pain symptoms.  In releasing this compression the pain symptoms down the leg and foot subside.

I was awakened early one morning by burning in two small toesSciatic on one foot.  Getting out of bed and walking relieved the burning toes.  But, being a therapist, I did some checking higher up the Sciatic Nerve.  The Piriformis Muscle in my pelvis was “alive”.  So with stretching and working that area the burning toes went back to normal in the days following.

There are several causes for Sciatic Nerve Symptoms in the Leg and Foot.  Therefore surgery should not be the first remedy to relieve these symptoms.  Always be careful with herniated and extruded discs.  But they usually don’t pressure the Sciatic Nerve.  However they are not aggravated by massage and muscle release.

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