Continued Foot Pain After Surgery May Mean Nerve Damage

Hello, again. I wanted to talk today about an issue, if you’ve had an injury to your foot, ankle, or leg, and it’s been treated, and then they say, “You’re healed, everything is fine, you can go about your activities,” but you have a recurring pain in either your foot, your ankle, or even the lower leg. You might have some burning or tingling or a sharp pain and the doctor says, “There’s nothing else that can be done for you - the bones, ligaments, and everything else looks healed.” 
Are there any other issues that could be going on and causing you this discomfort? There can be. You may have, with the injury, damaged some of the nerves that are going into the foot, ankle, and lower leg and through an examination of these nerves and through certain diagnostic testing, if all of the pain goes away with an injection or a diagnostic nerve block, this nerve may have been injured or it could be entrapped and there are various treatments available to you to get rid of this recurring pain. 
A lot of patients come in and say that they do have pain, they’ve been treated elsewhere, everything looks fine, and it turns out to be a nerve entrapment. After a diagnostic nerve block, all of their pain goes away so we know various issues that are causing this particular pain in this patient, and treatment modalities or surgical decompression or other treatments can be done to eliminate that recurring pain. 
So, if you’ve had an injury or a problem or even sometimes after surgery to the foot, ankle, leg, or knee, and you have a recurring issue, it could be resulting from the nerves and not from the bones or ligaments that you injured. If you have any questions, we’d be happy to see you, evaluate you, and see if you have any kind of a nerve issue that’s causing your recurring problems.
Dr. Harvey Danciger
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle