Toe, Foot, and Ankle Problems, Noninjury Topic Overview
You may develop pain in the front (ball) of your
foot (metatarsalgia) or in your heel. Heel problems commonly
occur when you overuse calf muscles, wear shoes with high heels, or participate
in activities, such as running, that cause repeated pounding on your heels.
Many conditions may affect the
nerves of the foot and cause numbness, tingling, and burning. Pain, burning, tingling, or numbness that
occurs between your toes, especially the third and fourth toes, and in the ball
of your foot may be caused by a growth around the nerves ( Morton's neuroma). Pain, numbness, and
tingling that begins in your back or buttock, moves down your leg, and into
your foot may be
sciatica, caused by a pinched nerve (nerve root
compression). Foot and ankle pain that occurs with numbness and
weakness in your foot may be caused by a pinched nerve in your ankle ( tarsal tunnel syndrome) or back (sciatica).
Burning, numbness, or lack of feeling in your feet may be caused
by poor circulation, especially in people who have
peripheral arterial disease. The circulation problem
can lead to nerve damage ( peripheral neuropathies). Foot problems are more likely to develop in people who
have these conditions. Check your symptoms to decide if and when
you should see a doctor.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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Toe, Foot, and Ankle Problems, Noninjury Topics