For better or for worse, most common foot problems are readily observable. Bunions, blisters, corns and calluses are all clearly visible on the exterior of your feet, and as a result, their diagnosis is straightforward. Less straightforward is the invisible pain of foot nerve damage, which results in a wide range of tingling, pricking, chilling, and stabbing sensations. How can you understand what’s going on with your feet if you can’t even see the issue, let alone describe the pain you feel?
Luckily, podiatrists are experts in the process of diagnosing unseen nerve related foot pain. Here are some of the most common nerve problems that can occur in your feet.
A violent contraction of the muscles, nerve spasms typically present as twitching movements of your toes and feet. They may be accompanied by fatigue, numbness, or a tingling (pins and needles) sensation. Since they are often linked to calcium and Vitamin D deficiency, treatment for spasms includes the regular use of supplements.
Also known as cold feet, chilblains are characterized by an abnormal skin reaction to chilly environments. Red swellings can develop, which can become itchy, dry, and infected if left untreated. People with poor circulation and limited mobility are especially vulnerable to chilblains, so treatment focuses on keeping the extremities warm and well-protected.
Commonly linked to conditions of toxicity such as diabetes, alcoholism, or exposure to harsh chemicals, peripheral neuropathy is a loss of nerve function in the feet. Symptoms are often characterized by a particular burning pain, and treatment includes Vitamin B-12, gentle electrical stimulation, and magnetic therapy.
If you are experiencing recurrent tingling or burning sensations in your feet, it could be linked to one of these common nerve problems. It is highly advisable that you seek the attention of a trained foot doctor.
At Foot First Podiatry, located in New Albany, IN, our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the highest quality diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!