Nerve Pain Specialist

Lower Limb Institute

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgery located in Hackensack, NJ & Edison, NJ

Nerve pain is a common side effect of traumatic injuries, chemical exposure, and chronic health problems like diabetes. Without early intervention and treatment, nerve pain can result in permanent damage that affects your sensory capabilities and quality of life. At Lower Limb Institute, expert podiatrist Mina Abadeer, DPM, treats foot-related nerve pain in people of all ages. To schedule an appointment at the Hackensack or Edison, New Jersey, office, call or book online today.

Nerve Pain Q&A

What is nerve pain?

Nerve pain is a common foot-related health problem that typically occurs due to untreated peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is a serious health problem characterized by permanent nerve damage. 

If the nerves in your feet and toes don’t work as they should, you can cut yourself, step on an object, or develop an infection and not realize it.

If you regularly experience tingling, burning, or stabbing sensations in your feet or toes, don’t wait to seek professional medical help. The sooner you receive treatment, the sooner you can take steps to prevent more serious health problems like gangrene and amputation.

What are the symptoms of nerve pain?

Common symptoms of nerve pain include:

  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Muscle weakness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Numbness, prickling, or tingling 
  • Throbbing, stabbing, or burning pain
  • Heat intolerance

As nerve pain gets worse, you might also experience discomfort during seemingly harmless activities like standing up or putting a blanket over your feet. 

When should I visit a doctor about nerve pain?

It’s important to seek medical help at the first sign of nerve pain. If you or a loved one experiences unusual tingling, weakness, or pain that starts in your feet and extends to your toes, contact Dr. Abadeer at Lower Limb Institute right away. 

Treatment is much more effective when the condition is detected and diagnosed early. 

What causes nerve pain?

Common causes of nerve pain include:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Infections
  • Inherited disorders
  • Tumors
  • Alcoholism
  • Exposure to toxins

You might also experience nerve pain due to a vitamin deficiency or taking certain types of prescription medication.

How is nerve pain diagnosed?

To diagnose nerve pain, Dr. Abadeer conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your lifestyle and symptoms. 

If these measures aren’t enough to pinpoint the underlying cause of your discomfort, he might also order blood tests, imaging tests, nerve function tests, or a nerve biopsy. 

How is nerve pain treated?

Treatment for nerve pain depends on the underlying cause and the severity of your symptoms. Although there’s no cure for nerve pain, it’s possible to manage any pain or discomfort and prevent it from getting worse. 

Following a comprehensive exam, Dr. Abadeer might recommend pain relievers, anti-seizure medication, or topical treatments.

You might also benefit from transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) or physical therapy. If your symptoms occur due to pressure on the nerves or a tumor, Dr. Abadeer might recommend surgery.

Don’t wait to receive treatment for nerve pain at Lower Limb Institute. Call the nearest location or book online today.