Olympic athletes do not just “think” they have nerve pain. When they have it, they know it. Most common in the lower legs and feet of athletes, the pain is often described as burning or shooting and stabbing. Athletes who frequently run and jump are most susceptible. The repetitive slamming down of the foot on a hard service damages or entraps the nerve which causes pain.
The painful area may be sensitive to the touch yet also feel numb. The pain may be sudden and seem unrelated to activity. It is common to experience it later in the day after the exercise is over or even at night when resting.
There are a multitude of causes of lower leg and foot nerve pain including diseases such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Nerve entrapment due to injury is another cause. A pinched nerve in the foot due to wearing the wrong shoes can also cause nerve pain.
If you have nerve pain, it is important to be examined by a health care professional who can determine the cause of the pain and develop a treatment plan. If left untreated, it may lead to complications such as stress fractures or permanent nerve damage.
It is always our express intent to recommend that you take no chances with foot, ankle or knee pain, or injuries. Professional treatment to relieve the pain is available from doctors such as Delray Beach’s Dr. Ian Goldbaum of Delray Beach Podiatry, who has provided us with this blog. If the pain continues, a podiatrist with Dr. Goldbaum’s experience should be consulted. You must get proper treatment to prevent permanent damage.
Our Staff writers are freelance writers with higher education related to, or experience researching and writing for, medical blogs; with education or experience equal to under graduate and graduate degrees in the fields of medicine.