Be it severe and chronic leg pain, back and leg leg pain from a sporting injury, lifting injury, or pain that has worsened over time. If you are suffering from pain travelling down the back of your thigh, calf or into your foot, particularly if it starts from your lower back, you could be struggling with sciatica.
The sciatic nerve is a long nerve that runs from the base of your spine and down your legs to your feet. When the sciatic nerve is compressed or inflamed, it can result in pain, numbness, muscle weakness or a prickly sensation all the way down the nerve. Since the nerve extends through so much of your body, these symptoms can manifest themselves in your lower back, your buttocks, all the way down your legs and even into your feet and toes. Sciatica is the term used to describe these symptoms.