Dr. Brandon Nelson, A Board Certified Physician, Discusses Painful Neuromas and Burning and Tingling in the Toes

Dr. Brandon Nelson, A Board Certified Physician, Discusses Painful Neuromas and Burning and Tingling in the Toes

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Burning and tingling in the toes or even electrical shooting type pains can often be the result of nerve injury. Nerve pain or injury often produces a shooting style pain and can be quite painful. Often it is worse with shoe gear, especially tight-fitting shoes, standing or activities. There does not need to be any previous trauma to get nerve pain in can be causally related to anatomical issues or even genetic.

The most common cause of nerve pain in the foot is a neuroma or a nerve entrapment like tarsal tunnel syndrome. Neuromas typically cause shooting pain to the 3rd and 4th digit of the feet and are more common in woman than men. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is usually located around the ankle and causes electrical pain around the inside of the ankle. Patients with tarsal tunnel often have a history of carpal tunnel in the wrist.

It is important to get an accurate diagnosis of a neuroma or tarsal tunnel. The best place to start is an x-ray. However, some patients will require a MRI or Nerve conduction studies to further support the diagnosis.

Treatment is centered around the cause. It can be useful to remove pressure and decrease inflammation around the nerve. If you are experiencing nerve pain we can help. Give us a call at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online. 

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