Foot Neuralgia

Foot Neuralgia referes to any type of nerve pain in the foot, with the most common types being morton’s neuralgia , entrapment of the posterior tibial nerve and generalized peripheral neuropathy as a result of a diabetic foot.


Foot Neuralgia

More on Morton’s Neuralgia


Causes of Foot Neuralgia

  • Prior injury around a nerve.
  • Swelling around a nerve.
  • Tightness around a nerve.
  • Scarring around a nerve.
  • Diabetes.
  • Peripheral vascular disease or smoking.
  • Alcoholism.
  • Any severe systemic disease.

Symptoms of Foot Neuralgia.

  • Numbness.
  • Burning.
  • Tingling.
  • Sharp and Shooting Pain.
  • These all indicate nerve irritation.
  • Sore and aching muscle pain usually indicated muscle and bone pain.


The most common Types of Foot Neuralgia:


1) Morton’s Neuralgia

Mortons Neuralgia is a swelling in the nerve between the 3rd and 4th toes known as a benign neuroma; this is a non-cancerous lesion that isn’t really dangerous beyond causing pain and irritation. The problem like all nerve pain is characterized by pain and numbness rather than the sore aching and throbbing that is usually experienced by muscle and bone pain. This pain is specifically felt in the ball of the foot around the base of the 3rd and 4th toes, it may feel like a pebble on compression.



2) Posterior Tibial Nerve Entrapment in the Heel

Posterior tibial nerve entrapment in the heel can occur very similar to carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist. A canal exists on the inside of the ankle and heel that is a compression point on the major nerve that supplies the nervous sensation of the foot. As this nerve gets compressed from any number of causes such as obesity or poor foot biomechanics- it starts to radiate pain around the heel region.


3) Peripheral Neuropathy

-Peripheral neuropathy is systemic damage to the extensions of the peripheral nervous system, usually as a result of chronic uncontrolled diabetes. This pain is differentiated from the above conditions by creating numbness, burning and tingling throughout the forefoot- especially at night.


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The Modern Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist Doctor):Today's podiatrist is required to undergo rigorous medical training that licenses them as physicians with equivalent legal standing to the MD and DO degree (These are physician recognized licenses most common only in the USA). Although admittedly the training does differ between the three degrees. The differences are listed below.In Michigan Podiatrists are trained and authorized to perform surgery in the foot and ankle up to the tibial tubercle below the knee.All our podiatrists and foot doctors have undergone rigorous training including a 4 undergraduate college degree, writing the medical school entrance exam (MCAT), followed by a 4 year medical school degree (DPM - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine),Once podiatrists in the USA complete the rigorous 4 year medical school courses, they are required to complete a minimum of 3 years of a surgical and non-surgical residency program. Some podiatrists and foot doctors then choose to go on to further fellowship training specializing in various forms of specialty such as diabetic surgery or reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.The training is not over yet! Each podiatrist must be judged by a governing body where they submit their surgical cases and are reviewed regularly to ensure excellent results. This is a career long evaluation with board qualifications and certifications every few years.So have faith that today's podiatrist is your best choice for your foot and ankle problems! We are able to approach you foot and ankle problems from a non-surgery perspective, but that when necessary we can provide you with the treatment that you need!All articles written by this account are considered to be for educational purposes only. It is impossible for us to truly assess your condition and the advice we give here is meant to give you a basis to then follow up with your podiatrist and foot doctor later.If you have any questions at all, or there is anything that we can help you with, please feel free to contact our office or email us. Podiatrists provide medically necessary treatment which should be covered by valid insurance plans, we are not a cosmetic or elective medical specialty.