While there are numerous causes for foot pain, if you feel pain on the top of the foot or through the arch, it may be caused by nerve problems. Common symptoms of nerve pain in the feet are burning and shooting or stabbing pain when a nerve is aggravated. Unfortunately, such nerve pain in the feet can occur when you are active and when you are resting. The four most common causes of nerve pain in the feet are Morton’s neuroma, tarsal tunnel syndrome, peripheral neuropathy caused by diabetes, and a pinched nerve. With Morton’s neuroma, the pain will be felt between the third and fourth toes as the nerve in that area thickens. This condition affects women more often as a result of frequent wearing of high heels. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is caused when the tibial nerve that is located near the heel is compressed. A pinched nerve, which is also called nerve entrapment, is often caused by swelling, tight shoes, or trauma to the foot. Diabetic foot neuropathy is the result of nerve damage caused by high levels of blood sugar. If you are experiencing any type of shooting or stabbing pain in the feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to determine the cause and find appropriate treatment.
Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Parkwood Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Bone Spurs
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Ingrown Toenails
- Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
- Flat Feet
- Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
- And more
To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.
Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.