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Causes of Nerve Pain in the Foot

Tuesday, 04 October 2022 00:00

Two of the most common causes of nerve-related foot pain are neuropathy resulting from diabetes and nerves that are compressed. Symptoms of nerve-related foot pain include a burning, aching, or tingling feeling. Sometimes it may feel as if you are receiving an electric shock. Other telltale signs are when the pain gets worse at night or while doing certain activities. Several conditions may cause nerve pain in the foot. Included is Baxter’s neuropathy, which is the entrapment of the inferior calcaneal nerve that runs beneath the base of the arch nearest the heel. Other causes are Morton’s neuroma, which is the compression of nerves between the toes, and peripheral neuropathy, which may be the result of any number of causes. Relief from nerve pain in the feet can be experienced through electrical stimulation, orthotics, certain anti-inflammatory medications, and cortico-steroid injections. To find out which treatment is best for you, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist for a full examination and diagnosis.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from North Bay Ankle & Foot Center. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Petaluma and Sonoma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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