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.
Causes of Foot Neuralgia
- Prior injury around a nerve.
- Swelling around a nerve.
- Tightness around a nerve.
- Scarring around a nerve.
- Peripheral vascular disease or smoking.
- Any severe systemic disease.
Symptoms of Foot Neuralgia.
- 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:
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.
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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