If you’re experiencing nerve pain in your feet, you’re not alone. Foot nerve pain is a very common problem affecting people from all walks of life. This pain, also called foot neuropathy or neuropathic pain, can manifest itself in a number of different ways and the symptoms may not be confined only to the foot. Indeed, these uncomfortable sensations can often extend to the ankle, calves, and other parts of the leg—they’re all connected.
The symptoms of foot nerve pain can be much more than a bothersome nuisance. They can dramatically affect your quality of life and may even point toward other potential health issues.
Common Foot Nerve Pain Symptoms
What does nerve pain in the foot feel like? You may experience a variety of sensations related to foot neuropathy, including one or more of these common foot nerve pain symptoms in any combination:
- Burning or aching sensation anywhere along the foot
- Cramping or tightness in the foot, making movement difficult
- Tingling sensation, like pins and needles
- Sharp, shooting pain, sometimes traveling up the leg
- A sensation of an electric shock in the foot or feet
- Muscle weakness or numbness
- Pain that tends to get worse at night
- Pain that intensifies when participating in certain activities
- Severe pain that can be debilitating
- Increased sensitivity
Most commonly, you may experience pressure or foot nerve pain in your toe (or toes) or in the arch of your foot. Symptoms can develop suddenly, as might be the case with an acute injury. Or, they may develop gradually and get progressively worse over time, like when it may be linked to a chronic condition.
Why You Shouldn’t Ignore These Symptoms
You don’t have to accept nerve pain in the foot as a regrettable and an uncomfortable fact of life. Indeed, it is critically important to investigate these common symptoms to diagnose the root cause of your pain and discomfort and unearth any other underlying conditions or injuries that may further impact your day-to-day life.
Nerve pain that you are feeling in your foot or feet can originate anywhere between the foot, all the way up to the spine. This means a back or leg injury could cause foot nerve pain too. When nerves are damaged in any way, the messages sent to and from the brain can become obstructed or otherwise negatively impacted. The nerves may send incorrect messages or fire erratically, leading to shooting pain, numbness, or a pins and needles tingling sensation.
While you might think that foot neuropathy is most commonly caused by nerve damage to the foot itself, it can be a symptom of a nerve injury in the back. This is especially true at the base of the spine and toward the sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the body traveling down the buttock, the back of the leg, and into the foot. When you experience foot nerve pain, it could be a sign of a herniated disc or spinal stenosis, which is the narrowing of the gaps in the spine. This is a more serious condition that needs to be treated accordingly.
Peripheral neuropathy is a disease commonly triggered by diabetes. Even in less severe cases, untreated foot nerve pain can prevent someone from enjoying or participating in their daily activities. When it becomes difficult to walk to the store or shop for groceries, life becomes much more challenging. As your feet are literally the foundation for getting around, treating chronic and acute foot nerve pain is essential to maintaining and improving your overall quality of life.
How Fixing Feet Can Help You
There is no need to suffer from foot pain associated with nerve damage. Dr. Peyman Elison and our team at the Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, Arizona, are highly trained and experienced in diagnosing and treating nerve conditions. You will have access to a variety of potential nerve pain treatment options, including medication, electronic signal transfer (EST), non-invasive laser therapy, therapeutic nerve blocks, and physical therapy.
Depending on severity and prognosis, surgery may be a consideration if the condition does not improve with more conservative and less invasive measures. We're here to help you make an informed decision for your health and well-being.
Reach out to the Fixing Feet Institute team today and let us help you diagnose your foot nerve problems. We can discuss possible treatments and therapies specifically for you, getting you back on your feet in comfort. Call our office at 623-584-5556 to set up an appointment. You can also request an appointment online.