Nerve pain can be debilitating as it seems to oscillate through different areas of your body. From the sharper spikes to the milder waves of nerve pain, board-certified podiatrist Waldemar Majdanski, DPM, FACFAS, and the skilled doctors of Local Foot Doc offer practical and effective solutions at their convenient locations. For your convenience, Local Foot Doc has two offices in Brooklyn and locations in the Queens neighborhoods of Woodhaven, Forest Hills, and Astoria. Let the Local Foot Doc team assist you in protecting the health of your feet and your nerves. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone today.
What causes nerve pain?
Nerve pain usually results from dysfunction or damage of the nervous system. Damaged nerve fibers can send the wrong signals to your body’s pain centers. Nerve pain and neuropathy refers to a disturbance of function or a change in one or several nerves.
Many cases of nerve pain are associated with diabetes. Other causes of nerve pain include:
- Cancer treatments: chemotherapy and radiation
- AIDS or HIV infection
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Vitamin and nutrient imbalances
- Surgeries or trauma with resulting nerve damage
- Tumor that can infiltrate or compress the nerves
Some central nervous system disorders can cause nerve pain, such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Many people with autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, can also have nerve pain.
How can I tell if I have nerve pain?
Nerve pain can present in different ways, such as shooting, stabbing, burning, or electric-shocklike pain. You might also feel tingling or numbness.
Severe nerve pain of the foot can negatively affect the way you walk because you might change your walking style to compensate for the pain.
Some nerve pain occurs spontaneously, and some nerve pain is triggered by normally nonpainful stimuli, such as cold temperature or gentle brushing or pressure against the skin (allodynia).
With nerve pain, you might also have trouble sleeping or emotional problems as a result of disturbed sleep and pain.
What is the treatment for nerve pain?
After a medical history and physical exam, Dr. Majdanski might recommend additional testing, such as nerve testing, blood work, or X-rays. Onsite digital X-rays are available at Local Foot Doc for your convenience.
Your personalized treatment plan might consist of several treatments, such as:
- Medications, such as oral or topical medications to relieve pain and inflammation
- Nerve blocks and steroid injections
- Physical therapy and personalized exercise plan
- Lifestyle changes, such as a nutrient-dense diet and stress management to boost general health
- Platelet-rich plasma therapy
- Assistive orthotic devices to relieve pain and help you walk when needed
- Surgery, for example to take pressure of a nerve
In some cases, Dr. Majdanski might recommend effective procedures to reduce feeling in an affected nerve, such as a nerve ablation using radiofrequency, heat, or the injection of specialized medical chemicals.
The goal of treating nerve pain is usually to provide pain relief, maintain functionality, and improve your quality of life. Don’t let nerve pain wear down your spirit and zest for life. Call Local Foot Doc or book online today.