|Sciatica is a very complicated condition, and it can be difficult to diagnose and treat. When biomechanical faults in the foot and ankle are the underlying problem, this must be addressed as any treatment that does not include balancing the biomechanics is doomed to fail. Adding Chiropractic orthotics to the treatment will speed up recovery and prevent the recurrence of the pain.
Those affected by sciatica tend to feel pain and/or stiffness over the region of the low back and pelvis. They may also experience pain in the groin or buttock, or radiating down the thigh. In more severe cases, this pain can radiate into the lower leg and foot, and be accompanied by numbness and tingling.
This area can become inflamed and irritated as a result of acute trauma from a fall or impact. More commonly, however, this inflammation is a manifestation of overuse caused by faulty biomechanics.
If the foot is over-pronating and the tibia is twisting inwards, the torsional forces at the knee will ultimately result in twisting of the thigh bone (femur), which leads, in turn, to twisting of the ilium (hip bone). This creates stress at the pelvis and spine. And this stress leads, in turn, to irritation of the ligaments, tendons and muscles that stabilise these joints.
The biggest, and most important, of these joints is the lumbar disc joint. When the disc is irritated or torn it can lead to the symptoms described above. If it bursts and leaks out the gel like fluid inside, this can cause a disc prolapsed and cause severe symptoms in the buttock and leg. All of this can be prevented by early diagnosis and treatment that includes Chiropractic adjustments, rehabilitative exercise for core stability and custom Chiropractic orthotics to stabilize the whole kinetic chain.