When this large nerve becomes inflamed the condition is called sciatica and the pain can be intense! The pain may follow the path of your nerve-down the back of your legs and thighs, down to your ankle, foot and toes-but it can also radiate to your back! Along with pain there may be burning, pins and needles, tingling, prickling, crawling sensations or tenderness. Ironically, the leg may also feel numb! To complicate matters, although sciatica pain is usually in the back of the legs or thighs, in some people it can be in the front or side of the legs or even in the hips. For some, the pain is in both legs: bilateral sciatica!