Clues Pointing to a Pinched Nerve
Mysteries in movies and books are exciting. There are clues to follow as tension builds and the story rushes toward a dramatic conclusion. All you have to do is look for the right clues and you unravel the whole mystery satisfactorily. In real life, though, mysteries are often much less satisfying—particularly when it comes to figuring out why your foot hurts. Feet hurt for a variety of reasons, but one of the most nagging pains is from a pinched nerve. Being able to identify the clues pointing to nerve pain can help you solve your foot mystery and treat your problem.
It isn’t always easy to tell if you have a pinched nerve in your foot or not. Not every nerve issue will feel the same. Nerve pain can be burning, shooting, tingling, or even a pins-and-needles type sensations. However, it can also cause numbness that you may or may not notice. Recognizing signs of nerve damage can help you catch the problem early on so it can be treated properly.
Here are a few clues that your foot pain may be caused by a pinched nerve:
- Pain that radiates out from one spot – The specific place where the nerve is pinched is painful and the discomfort often radiates outward as well.
- Numb patches – Patchy areas or even whole toes beyond the compressed nerve tissue can feel numb because the pinch is preventing the nerve cells from feeling anything accurately.
- Muscle weakness – Nerves stimulate muscles to move, but if they are pinched or trapped, they may not be able to function correctly, which can impact your muscles as well.
- Frequent “asleep” feeling in your foot – Pinched, impaired nerves can stimulate that tingly “asleep” feeling, so if it happens often, it may signal a problem.
If you’re concerned you have a compressed or pinched nerve and the clues point in that direction, your next step is to get it treated. Our experts at Dallas Podiatry Works can help you officially diagnose your nerve issues and make sure your feet get the treatment they need to both relieve your pain and heal your nervous tissue as best as possible. Don’t wait for the pain to become unbearable to get help. Contact our Dallas or Plano, TX, offices for a consultation as soon as possible using our website or by calling (972) 566-7474 for Dallas, and (972) 943-3323 for Plano.