Nerve pain in the ball of the foot, often associated with a condition known as Freiberg disease, can be particularly distressing. This condition entails the necrosis of parts of the bones in the ball of the foot, typically affecting the second metatarsal head beside the big toe. Freiberg disease is common among girls experiencing rapid growth during puberty or others with specific bone length discrepancies. It is further aggravated by activities such as dancing, jogging, or running. Symptoms include pain during weight-bearing, especially when pushing off the foot, and stiffness and swelling in the affected joint. Diagnosis involves X-rays to reveal the necrotic changes in the bones. Treatment options for Freiberg disease range from non-invasive to surgical interventions. Changes in footwear, such as opting for low heeled shoes with thicker soles or rocker sole modifications, have proved beneficial. Additionally, custom orthotics that alter foot movement, can relieve pressure on the affected joints. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary. If you have pain in the ball of your foot that impedes your mobility, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a thorough exam and diagnosis, followed by an appropriate treatment plan.
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 Manhattan Footcare. 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:
- 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.