Nerve Pain

MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Glendale, CA & Palmdale, CA

If you feel ongoing tingling in your foot, chances are it will evolve into sharp or burning nerve pain. The board-certified podiatrists at MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists have extensive experience getting to the source of your nerve pain. Then they create a customized treatment plan to ease your pain, treat the underlying problem, and get you back to your favorite activities. Don’t wait to get help for nerve pain. Call the office in Glendale or Palmdale, California, or request an appointment online today.

Nerve Pain Q & A

What causes foot nerve pain?

Nerve pain can appear anywhere in your foot due to a damaged nerve or when another foot problem pushes against the nerve. Tight shoes, an injury, bone spurs, and swelling due to arthritis can all cause inflammation that pinches the nerves.

Individual nerves cause pain when they get pushed against the nearby bones or compressed between swollen tissues. Examples of foot nerve entrapment include tarsal tunnel syndrome, Baxter’s nerve entrapment, and plantar nerve entrapment.

Other conditions that commonly cause foot nerve pain include:

  • Bunions
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Hammertoe
  • Diabetic neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy develops when high blood sugar damages the small nerves in your foot.

What symptoms accompany nerve pain?

The conditions responsible for foot nerve pain usually cause other symptoms. You may experience:

  • Tingling (pins-and-needles sensation)
  • Numbness
  • Aching
  • Sharp or burning pain
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Weakness in the foot, toes, or ankle

You may have a hard time lifting the front of your foot off the ground when walking. This condition, called foot drop, occurs when nerve damage leads to muscle weakness.

How is nerve pain treated?

The team at MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists begins by reviewing your medical history, learning about your symptoms, and closely examining your foot and ankle. They may do diagnostic imaging such as an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI to get a close view of the bones and soft tissues.

The best treatment depends on the cause of your nerve pain. Your individualized treatment plan may include any of the following: 

  • Better-fitting shoes
  • Shoe padding
  • Custom orthotics
  • Strengthening and stretching exercises
  • Bracing, taping, or splinting
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Electrical stimulation


If you have diabetes, it’s essential to keep your blood sugar in the normal range. Managing blood sugar involves eating a balanced diet, watching sweets and carbs, getting regular exercise, and taking medications when needed.

If you still have nerve pain after conservative treatment, you may have a condition that needs surgery. For example, bunions and advanced cases of hammertoe often need surgery to correct the joint deformity.

Don’t wait to get help for nerve pain; it will only get worse without treatment. Call MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists or book an appointment online today.