Are you experiencing a pinching sensation between your toes creating significant pain in your feet – sometimes too painful to walk on?
Did you know? The foot is a complex structure with 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons & ligaments. The bones in your feet make up one quarter of all the bones in your body. The soles of your feet contain more sweat glands and nerve endings than any other part of your body. This complex and intricate web of sophisticated mechanics supports you to walk well over 120,000 kilometres through your lifetime.
Pinching sensations in your feet can be caused by the following:
A neuroma is a benign growth of nerve tissue that develops between the third and fourth toes. It’s a common condition and can be quite painful making it difficult to put any pressure on the foot.
Caused by injury or trauma to the foot, bony extensions or spurs can develop on the edges of your foot bones putting pressure on nerves.
Trauma through repetitive activities or injury to the soft tissues in the foot causes inflammation of these tissues, placing pressure on the nerves in your feet.
Varicose veins not only develop in your legs, they can also develop in your feet. These add pressure to the entire foot and might be responsible for trapping nerves.
Badly fitting shoes
Badly fitting shoes, tight shoes or high heels can add pressure causing pinched nerves. A six cm heel can increase the load on your forefoot by 75% – that’s a lot of extra load for your feet to handle.
Carrying too much weight will add more pressure to your feet than they are made to withstand, causing pinched nerves.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
This syndrome is like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the wrist but occurs in the feet. It’s a compression of the tibial nerve, an extension of the sciatic nerve (which runs down the back of the thigh) causing pain or numbness on the inside of the ankle and under the foot.
Baxter’s nerve entrapment
Baxter’s nerve entrapment is compression of the calcaneal nerve that runs through the plantar which is the band of tissue from the heel to the toes under your foot. It causes pain or numbness in the heel and bottom of the foot.
No need to endure pinched nerves in your feet – visit Sanders Podiatry for a proper diagnosis and treatment
Pinching sensations between your toes and under your foot are commonly due to pinched nerves and often won’t disappear without some assistance.
The most essential step toward treatment however it to properly diagnose the cause of the pinching sensation. Once we’ve assessed the reason behind the pinched nerve, we’ll determine the right approach to treatment.
There is no need to continue enduring pinched nerves and unnecessary pain, call us and make an appointment with one of our knowledgeable and gentle podiatrists.
Our podiatry clinics are located in Adelaide, across the road from Burnside Shopping Centre, in Stirling and at the Mount Barker Summit Health Centre. https://www.summithealth.org.au/