Nerve Problems of the Foot

By Jared Ernest PT

Nerve Problems of the 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.

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Nerve Problems of the Foot Treatment

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.


All JOI Physicians and Therapists now offer Telemedicine from the convenience of your home. If you feel that it is best to stay in your own home during this time, we can still provide orthopaedic Telehealth services for you. Through the download of the free Zoom app on the your phone, tablet or laptop. Our physicians and Telehealth for Physical Therapy can evaluate you and provide the care you need.

JOI Fracture and Injury Care

JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care.

By: Jared Ernest, Physical Therapist

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