Hi Dr,1yr ago i was diagnosed with calcaneal bursitis and 3 months ago with achilles tendonapathy of the right ankle.4months ago started having inner side knee pain on my right leg,when i walk my r/foot tends to point outwards.Know i am having outer left side knee pain,since i cannot flex my r/ankle i lead with the r/leg using my cane push off with my left leg.Can the knee problems be connected to my back issues?pain management dr said bursits/tendonapathy are.Now waiting to see an orthopedic surgeon wich my neurosurgen had written a refferal an wc denied.thank you
Knee issues can be connected to the lower back. Nerve compression in the spine can cause nerve pain that can mimic knee or foot problems. There are classic findings on history and physical examination that can differentiate local knee and ankle problems from nerve generated pain.
Also, favoring a leg due to knee or ankle pain can increase the stress on the lumbar spine and cause some symptoms of lower back pain due to the abnormal gait.
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Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.