As children, we pay quite close attention to our toes. Whether its from singing “This little piggy went to market…” or literally being able to put our foot in our mouth – when we are young, they are fun!
Yet as adults, we tend to simply put socks over them, perhaps only focusing on them when we have to cut our toenails.
So, what do we know about our toes; what do they actually do? And how can we help keep them healthy?
Sciatica is a general term for a set of symptoms; namely, pain in the buttock that radiates into the leg. It’s not a condition in itself, because it has different triggers.
Sciatica gets its name from the sciatic nerve. The longest nerve in the body, it runs from the lower spine, down the leg into the foot. The term sciatica refers to irritation of this sciatic nerve, usually due to compression. This can be caused by a herniated disc or degenerative disc disease for example. Conditions that place strain on the spine like being overweight or sitting for prolonged periods can also trigger irritation.
Today is World Spine Day and the theme this year is “Love your Spine”. Too often, we hear from our patients “my joints are wearing out”, “I’ve got a bad back”, “I’ve got a weakness there”, “my back’s gone again.”
…. When did we all stop loving our spines?