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Ask the Docs | Sensitive Feet

Ask the Docs
Posted December 5, 2008

AthletiCo Bulls' Injury Report

Patient Question:
The tops of both of my feet are extremely sensitive to any kind of touch or pressure. I am not experiencing any swelling or significant pain, however.

Also, I am unable to recall any specific injury or event when the condition started, but I’ve been experiencing it for a really long time.

Dr. Johnny Lin:
It sounds like you may be suffering from nerve pain in your feet, a condition often referred to as painful neuropathy.

Some common causes of painful neuropathy are local nerve problems (i.e. neuromas, tarsal tunnel syndrome), a compressed nerve in the spine, a systemic condition (i.e. diabetes, nerve metabolic abnormalities), or primary nerve diseases.

Treatment Options:
In general, neuropathy can be diagnosed through clinical symptoms, but you may require a more detailed workup with a blood analysis and a nerve test called a Nerve Conduction Velocity test.

Treatment is highly dependent on the results of the tests and I would recommend this type of detailed workup before progressing with any specific treatment. An accurate diagnosis as to the exact cause of your symptoms it required to maximize the likelihood of obtaining relief with a specific treatment, whether it is surgical or nonsurgical treatment.

Dr. Johnny Lin
Dr. Lin
For more information about Dr. Lin and the Sports Medicine physicians of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, call 877.MD BONES or visit them online at www.rushortho.com.

The information contained on this page is intended only for general public education, and is not intended to serve as a substitute for direct medical advice. This information should not replace necessary medical consultations with a qualified orthopaedic physician.



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