Making Sense of Nerve Pain in Feet
How does your foot hurt? Let us count the ways…We’re paraphrasing Browning’s poem to point out that foot pain can occur for many reasons. Bones can be bruised, dislocated, or broken. Tendons and ligaments can be stretched, frayed, or torn. Blood vessels can narrow and constrict the supply of nutrients needed for cell health. And then there are your nerves, which can cause severe pain or numbness when they malfunction. We want to help you make sense of nerve pain in feet.
What Is Happening to My Nerves?
Problems can develop from entrapment, swelling, inflammation, or damage to the nerve tissue.
A nerve can be compressed by surrounding bones, tendons, or ligaments, but also because of a tumor, scar tissue, a swollen bursa, or anything the constricts the place where the nerve lies. When there is pressure on a nerve, the fibers can become irritated, inflamed, swollen, and otherwise damaged, and cease to function as it should.
A common site of entrapment is in the inner ankle, where the posterior tibial nerve runs from the calf to the foot (called tarsal tunnel syndrome). It also can happen at the base of your middle toes, leading to a thickening and swelling of the nerve tissue (called a neuroma). Pinched nerves are often worse when you wear shoes that cramp the toes or high heels. Compression can cause tingling, numbness, and shooting pains in your feet and toes.
Understanding Peripheral Neuropathy
This is another condition that causes nerve damage in your extremities. It is usually associated with diabetes, but kidney disorders, hypothyroidism, chronic inflammation, and vitamin deficiencies may also lead to neuropathy. Injuries can damage the nerves, as can excessive alcohol use, exposure to toxins, and infections, and conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. Even certain medications may be to blame.
With damage comes the usual symptoms: burning, tingling, sharp pains, weakness, a tight feeling, numbness, and a heavy feeling or lack of sensation in your limbs. Nerve damage can also lead to issues with blood pressure, the digestive system, and the glandular system.
Relief for Nerve Pain in Spring Valley, NY
At Brook Valley Podiatry we use several types of testing—including blood tests for thyroid function or blood glucose levels, and nerve conduction velocity (NCV) tests—to determine the reason behind nerve problems in your feet. In fact, one of our specialties is diagnosing and treating nerve issues.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, set up an appointment at our Spring Valley, NY office by calling (845) 352-0757. We will help you make sense of what’s happening in your feet and outline how the problem can be treated. Many times your issues can be relieved through conservative measures, but in a severe case where surgery is needed, we’re expert at that as well.
Call today, or request an appointment using our online form, and we’ll put that expertise to work and find an answer for your painful feet.