What causes nerve damage in your feet?

There’s no single, universal cause of nerve damage in your feet, and it’s not always easy to predict specifically whether a certain activity or incident will result a nerve injury. That said, there are a number of common factors involved in many such cases.

A Morton’s neuroma, a benign growth between the third and fourth toes, is generally caused by compression or trauma to a specific nerve. That could be caused by a wide number of mostly external factors, including high arches or other biomechanical foot deformities, repeated stresses or injuries from work or sports, tight shoes, and more.

By contrast, peripheral neuropathy—systemic, progressive nerve damage throughout the lower legs—usually has “internal” causes. Chief among them is diabetes, as too much sugar in the bloodstream deprives nerves of blood flow and nutrition, though there are other potential causes, including alcohol abuse, vitamin deficiencies, and other diseases.

Whatever the cause, Harvey R. Danciger, DPM can help you beat tingling, burning nerve pain. Whether your prescription is state-of-the-art (like laser therapy) or low-tech and simple (an insert for your shoes), he’ll put together the perfect treatment plan for your specific case. Set up an appointment online, or call 760-568-0108.
Dr. Harvey Danciger
Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle