Foot nerve pain is something very difficult to live with no matter the cause or intensity. Unfortunately, any time nerves become inflamed or damaged, pain is typically quite severe. Making matters worse is the fact that a person’s feet are put to the test daily because of walking, standing, and carrying the body’s entire weight. Foot pain associated with a nerve problem is actually more common than most people realize so we wanted to offer insight into possible causes.
Of course, while the information provided might offer an individual insight into the possible problem, because there are additional potential causes of pain such as this, it would be essential to see a doctor to get a firm diagnosis. Keep in mind that sometimes nerve pain of the foot can be treated at home but other times, a more conventional approach would be necessary.
Trying to determine the cause of pain a person feels can be challenging. The foot is actually a complex part of the body, one comprised of skin, soft tissue, ligaments, blood vessels, and nerves. However, we provided information on some of the more common problems that cause nerves of the foot to become inflamed or damaged, which ultimately leads to pain of some degree.
This is one of the most common causes of foot pain when nerves are involved. Interestingly, Metatarsalgia produces the greatest amount of pain after getting up in the morning, with the most severe sensation being felt in the ball area although sometimes it also affects the top of the foot. This nerve problem results from pressure being placed on the metatarsal joints, usually associated with climbing a lot of hard-surfaced stairs, walking long distances, or standing on a hard floor for hours at a time.
Interdigital Nerve Pain
This is another type of nerve pain that affects the feet. In this case, pain is only felt in the ball region of the foot. One cause is irritation and inflammation of the Interdigital nerve but non-cancerous growths on or around this nerve would be another reason for someone experiencing pain of this type. Initially, an individual would notice a dull ache around the area of the third of fourth toe but over time, discomfort changes to a burning and/or tingling sensation that can become intense.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome that causes extreme pain in the hands, tarsal tunnel syndrome affects the feet. In looking at the anatomy of the foot, running just below the ankle bone and on the inside area of the ankle is a large nerve. If this nerve were to become irritated and inflamed, a person would begin to notice a nagging pain around the ankle, the toes, and often bottom of the foot. If left untreated, pain can become so severe that walking would be difficult.
We also wanted to mention this condition as another possible cause for nerve pain associated with the feet. Although a burning sensation is common, many people will also notice a funny tingling but also some degree of numbness. In mild cases, the pain is more of an annoyance but in serious cases, a person’s muscle strength and even coordination would be compromised.
When it comes to foot pain caused by nerves, this is one of several causes that most people have never heard of before. However, Morton’s Neuroma is relatively common that involves non-cancerous growths developing on nerve tissue. While frightening, the condition is treatable. As with the other problems listed, a burning sensation would be felt. In this case, the ball of the foot, as well as the third and fourth toe would be involved.
Running the length of the foot from the ball to heel is a thick, fibrous band of connective tissue. When stressed, this condition is likely to develop, which involves a lot of inflammation to this tissue known as plantar fascia. The most common reason for is overuse, something often seen in athletes. However, in non-athletes, long periods of standing, excess weight or obesity and even degenerative changes would be the culprits.