How to Take Care of a Pinched Nerve in Your Foot
Some things in life are great for “pushing buttons.” It could be a person or a situation or a pet peeve, but whatever it is, it quickly sets you on edge. Another way to say it: the thing gets on your nerves.
That’s because nerves are very sensitive, and when you actually pinch or press on them, they easily become irritated, aggravated, and painful. Unfortunately, many things in life are great at aggravating nerves both figuratively and literally. A literal pinched nerve in your foot can be quite painful and interrupt your daily life, but a little foot care can help take care of it.
Nerves get pinched for a variety of reasons: injuries, swelling in neighboring tissues, and anything that puts pressure on the sensitive nerve tissue. That’s why Morton’s neuroma in the ball of the foot is particularly common in the lower limbs—excess pressure on the ball of the foot can easily compress the tissues there. The key to alleviating the pain from a pinched nerve is to relieve the pressure on the nerve tissue.
An important treatment is rest. Limiting your activities will reduce the forces that are irritating the nerve. Ice to the area and anti-inflammatory medications are additional steps that may help relieve irritation and swelling around the nerves.
Shoe changes and orthotics can help reduce pressure on your foot as well. Supportive footwear helps evenly distribute pressure and absorb shock from everyday activity. Orthotics and padding to the area can add a layer of cushioning and corrective support to reduce strain and alleviate pain.
The best way to treat any pinched nerve, however, is to have it accurately diagnosed so you can get tailored, specific treatment. Let our team at Dallas Podiatry Works help you figure out what’s pushing your “buttons” and literally getting on your nerves. Get a consultation at our Dallas or Plano, TX, offices to get started. Use our website or call us directly to reach us: (972) 566-7474 for Dallas, or (972) 943-3323 for Plano.
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