When too much pressure is applied to a nerve in the foot, it can lead to a pinched nerve. This disrupts the nerve's normal function and causes a range of symptoms, including weakness, numbness, tingling sensations, and pain. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that can result in a pinched nerve in the foot. The tarsal tunnel is a narrow passage in the ankle through which the tibial nerve runs, providing sensation to the bottom of the foot. When this nerve becomes compressed, it leads to tarsal tunnel syndrome and may cause a pinched nerve in the foot. Morton's neuroma is another condition that can lead to a pinched nerve in the foot. This condition involves the growth of a benign tumor on a nerve, often occurring between the third and fourth toes, just before the arch. Morton's neuroma results from the thickening of nerve tissue leading to the toes. It results in pain radiating from the ball of the foot to the ankle or toes and can cause numbness, cramping, or tingling sensations. People with Morton’s neuroma may feel a sensation of standing on a fold in a sock or having a pebble in the shoe. If you experience symptoms such as numbness, tingling, pain, or discomfort in your feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and a diagnosis.
Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with one of our podiatrists from The Podiatry Center, PC. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.
What Is Neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.
Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:
- Sensation loss
- Prickling and tingling sensations
- Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
- Muscle weakness
Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.
To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.
Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Millburn, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.