Nerve Pain in the Feet

Nerve pain in the feet, commonly known as neuralgia, often results from irritation of the nerves between the toe bones, leading to nerve enlargement and neuroma formation. This discomfort can be attributed to various factors, including wearing ill-fitting shoes, diminished fat padding around the nerves, poor foot posture, and structural abnormalities. Women are more susceptible to neuromas. Diagnosis relies on clinical evaluation and patient symptom description since imaging techniques such as X-rays, MRIs, and ultrasonography are used mainly to exclude other conditions. Treatment options include corticosteroid injections into the affected area to reduce inflammation and pain. In some instances, cryotherapy, which involves the application of extreme cold, can help numb the nerves and reduce discomfort. Wearing custom orthotic devices may provide added support and evenly distribute the weight across the foot, reducing nerve irritation and improving the patient's quality of life. For effective treatment options for nerve pain in the feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.


Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with one of our podiatrists from Footcare Now. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.


To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Elmhurst Jackson Heights, and Astoria, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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