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foot cramping

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:21 AM in Spinal Stenosis
hiya I have a question more like an inquiry I have stenosis in my lumbar L-3-L-4-L-5 and S-1 I have noticed that ever since I have had stenosis that I have been getting severe cramping on the bottom of my right foot ever so often literally I have no true words on how it feels but all i know it is that when it happens its that really sharp pain and it lasts anywhere from 5 minutes or less.

Has anyone else gotten this type of foot cramping with their spinal stenosis


  • Yes -I have this.
    It occurs intermittently ,usually at nite.
    It is secondary to nerve root irritation....
  • hmmm...never heard of that as a symptom before. I've had foot cramps for what seems like forever and don't think it has anything to do with my c-spine issues. Try drinking more water in the afternoon and evenings and stay away from alcohol. That seems to help me.
  • I also encounter this frustrating element of the spinal saga. I have had this going on now for about 9 months and there's nothing I can do to stop it. Along with the tingling and numbness of my right foot, I also get these herendous cramps and sometimes I swell up in my right foot. Has that happened to anyone else?
  • I also suffer from this, but its not caused by my back - its caused by my severely pronated feet (severely flat feet).

    If you have not done so already, I suggest you go to a podiatrist and have your feet checked out. I did, and when she diagnosed my flat feet and prescribed me custom orthotics the cramping problem has virtually disappeared.
    Keep positive!


    ...an old timer here and ex-moderator

  • I used to get them very badly, mostly in the evening while lying down. Since my surgery last Oct. (see posting), no foot cramps!
  • About the feet cramping, oh, yes! I was going through chemotherapy about 4 years ago when I suddenly couldn't feel my feet or parts of my lower legs. I had numbness in the toes, tingling, cramping, couldn't stand for more than so min. without searing pain. I was dx then as chemo related neuropathy. Pain kept getting worse, blah, blah, now dx is spinal stenosis, and waiting for surgery. Feet can be an issue, wish I would've had the problem investigated 4 years ago!
  • I also have foot and ankle pain. It is actually what finally made my decision to have my back surgery. The foot doctor I went to for the ankle pain told me he couldn't help me until I got my back taken care of. Well, I am 5 mo post surgery and most of my foot pain is gone. But the top of my right foot and ankle has started bothering me to the point of causing a rather bad limp again. The type of shoe I wear sems to aggravate it. Wish I knew what to do about it. I will ask my NS at my 6 mo check up
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