If you notice that your feet are numb, tingling, or aching, it may signify something aside from the usual. Sitting or standing in one position for too long is the most common cause. But when numbness and pain become frequent and persist rather strongly, any of these may be the likely cause;

Bad posture

Numbness may set in if your posture limits blood flow to your feet. This may happen due to crouching too long, sitting, crossing your legs, or wearing too-tight shoes.

Injuries

An injury could cause nerve pressure, which doesn’t only apply to the affected body part. Injuries to the spine, torso, hip joints, and lower body can trigger numbness and pain in the feet and ankles.

Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetes sometimes causes nerve damage that results in uncomfortable sensations such as tingling, numbness, or pain in the ankles and especially on the feet.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia causes widespread musculoskeletal pain. It is not uncommon for it to induce foot pain. The complexity of this disorder is that it may not have a specific trigger, and it amplifies the way the nervous system processes pain.

Bursitis

Bursitis is a condition that affects the sacs cushioning tendons, muscles, and bones near the joints. Bursitis presents as the inflammation of these sacs. If it affects your feet, you may feel stiffness alongside an ache that may hurt more to the touch.

Peripheral Neuropathy

This occurs due to damage to peripheral nerves, that is, nerves outside the brain and spinal cord. When this happens, one may begin to experience numbness and tingling in the foot, which may build up and intensify chronic pain over time.

Sciatica

When spinal discs degenerate, they may compress some nerves and affect the lower back. The nerve that connects the lower back to the legs is the sciatic nerve, and damage to it may trigger foot numbness and painful tingling sensations.

When to See a Doctor for Foot Numbness and Pain

Many other conditions aside from the above listed may be responsible for pain or numbness in the feet. If you have foot pain or numbness that is not caused by these, simple home remedies may ease symptoms. Persisting numbness or pain will require a proper medical checkup for a complete diagnosis. However, if you are experiencing any of the following, please do not delay seeing a doctor

  • Unwarranted numbness alongside persistent chronic pain,
  • Underlying conditions or a medical history of past surgeries,
  • When pain occurs alongside other symptoms,
  • Changes in temperature, the color of skin or swelling in the feet,
  • No obvious posture or lifestyle habits can be linked to numbness or pain.

Several treatment options exist for treating these conditions. If a patient’s symptoms are due to underlying medical conditions, treating the primary cause of the pain may help in relieving symptoms. For low-risk patients, treatment plans may include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, antidepressants, topical pain relief, or supportive devices. Managing chronic foot pain may require more than these. Thankfully, a variety of alternative therapies have been developed for this.

Lakeshore Pain and Spine Center offers pain relief treatments and therapies for almost every type of chronic pain. Schedule an appointment today.