Nerve Problems of the Foot

By Jared Ernest PT

Nerve Problems of the Foot

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Image of a Foot

One of the most common foot problems, neuroma, is associated with pain, swelling, and an
inflammation of a nerve. Symptoms that may occur are sharp pain, burning, and a lack of feeling
in the affected area, as well as numbness, tingling, and cramping in the forefoot. In most
cases, these symptoms occur after you have been placing significant pressure on the forefoot
area while walking, standing, jumping, or running. This condition can also be caused by improper
footwear, such as shoes with pointed toes or high heels. Constricting shoes can pinch
the nerve between the toes, causing discomfort and pain.
The first step in treating a neuroma is selecting the proper footwear. You may also want to use
an orthotic designed with a metatarsal pad. Orthotics are corrective devices placed inside your
shoe to realign the bones of your foot, ankle, knee, and back.
Another nerve disorder that occurs in your foot is called a neuropathy. In most cases, this
condition affects people with diabetes and attacks you when you aren’t able to control your
blood sugar level. You can control your blood sugar level by eating healthy foods and avoiding
foods high in fat content. Some symptoms that may accompany neuropathy are numbness in
your feet or toes, pain in your legs, lightheadedness, or cuts and sores on your feet that aren’t painful.

By: Jared Ernest, Physical Therapist
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