There are many conditions which can cause foot drop by affecting the peroneal nerve that controls the foot's ability to flex properly.
Leg pain and foot pain can be directly related to lower back conditions, including degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, spinal stenosis and sciatica.
There are a number of different ways structures in the spine can cause pain going down into the leg, mostly from referred pain and radiculopathy.
The diagnostic process for foot drop includes conducting a physical exam and reviewing the medical history. Nerve conduction and/or medical imaging tests may be ordered as necessary.
Foot drop treatments aim at managing the underlying cause. Both nonsurgical and/or surgical treatments may be used.
Foot pain that is usually associated with leg pain (sciatica) is often the result of lower back conditions like a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis.
Foot pain may have nothing to do with a problem in the foot or the leg. Pain in the foot may actually result from a lower back condition that pinches the sciatic nerve.