When we experience pain or discomfort in our feet, we usually think of joints, tendons, and muscles as the source. However, nerves can also pose problems and can cause painful conditions as well. Below are some of the most common nerve conditions of the foot that are treated by podiatrists.
- Neuromas are benign growths of nerve tissues that usually occur between the third and fourth toes, which leads to pain, burning, and tingling. When the nerve thickens from constant external pressure, Morton’s neuroma can form. Orthotics, shoes with large toe boxes, icing, and surgery may help.
- Neuropathy refers to nerve damage, which can result from numerous situations.
- Diabetic peripheral neuropathy – Diabetics have chronically high levels of blood glucose, which can lead to nerve damage. Symptoms include shooting pain, burning and tingling, and may worsen to loss of feeling in the toes. This numbness is why diabetics need daily self-checks and regular podiatric care.
- Alcoholic neuropathy – Continued consumption of alcohol can lead to nerve damage and may similarly cause loss of sensation in the extremities. Treating the underlying problem leading to alcohol consumption is key to prevent further permanent nerve damage. Other treatments may involve vitamin supplements.
- Nerve entrapments can be caused by excessive pressure or trauma and result in nerve compression, which causes tingling, burning, and pain. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a common type of entrapment that involves the nerves that run along the inside of the ankle bone. If non-invasive treatments do not help, surgery may be required to release the pinched nerve.
Unlike other podiatric conditions that resolve over time, nerve problems usually require proper treatment by an experienced podiatrist in order to completely eradicate the problem. Dr. Gabriel Maislos at Houston Foot & Ankle Care is a skilled, board-certified podiatrist who has helped patients all over the Southwest Houston area with their nerve-related conditions. Dr. Maislos also treats conditions such as diabetic foot problems, ankle instability, bunions, and toenail fungus. If you are looking for an attentive, patient, and qualified podiatrist, look no further! Please contact us or call us at (713) 541-3199 to schedule an appointment today!