Numbing and Electricity in Toes: Solutions for Neuroma in the Foot

Numbing and electricity in toes when running can ruin the “high” of running for many patients. DeLoor Podiatry sees people who come in after trying different shoes, and different foot supports. When these don’t work, it means the issue is related to nerve compression, called neuromas.

Also called nerve entrapment, nerves in your feet are compressed, cutting off the blood supply. This causes the numbing and electricity. Changing your footwear and gait sometimes helps, but when the damage is severe, you might also experience pain, swelling, and tenderness, especially in the space between your toes, where the nerves are located. In this case, you should see your podiatrist for treatment.

Why do my toes go numb when running? Pins and needles/electricity in toes

Walking–much more running– in ill-fitting shoes crowds your toes and inhibits proper blood flow. A cut-off blood supply cuts off oxygen and other necessary factors needed by your nerves, tendons, and muscles to function. When the nerve is freed, like when you stop running and take off your shoes, the release of blood flow results in pins and needles.

The following pointers can resolve numbing and tingling. 

But take note that if these adjustments don’t solve the problem and your numbing persists, especially with a ‘shooting’ kind of electricity that’s painful, consult a foot specialist.

Symptoms of neuroma in the foot

Neuropathy is the blanket term for nerves dysfunction because of damage. It occurs in the hands, arms, feet, legs, mouth, face, and internal organs.

There are several types of neuroma in the foot. The following are signs the nerves in your foot may need foot and ankle surgery:

Note: If you experience the following other symptoms along with numbing in your foot, consult a physician without delay:

What causes neuroma in the foot?

If your family has a history of neuropathy, you are more likely to develop neuropathy as well.

The following factors and conditions lead to or increase your risk of a neuroma.

What it means to ignore nerve damage

DeLoor Podiatry wishes to emphasize the importance of prompt treatment for neuroma to prevent long-term, permanent damage to your foot and ankle. If left unattended and untreated, neuroma leads to foot/ankle instability, permanent numbing, disability, and prolonged pain.

Worst-case scenarios come from paralysis and amputation.

Diagnosing your foot neuroma

We do a physical and look through your medical history,” says Dr. Jose Loor. “If you have any of the conditions that cause neuroma, it can be conclusive, on top of your symptoms.”

DeLoor Podiatry performs imaging and lab tests to pinpoint your neuroma. “We can order a CT or MRI. It’s good and quick,” says Dr. Loor. “It immediately shows us trapped and inflamed nerves in your foot. We also need to do an X-ray just to rule out fractures and other possible problems. But ultrasound is the best for soft tissues, and in showing neuromas.

Sometimes we may also order a blood test. Your thyroid has to function well for nerve health. Blood tests reveal your vitamin and sugar levels. If something isn’t good, you have to treat that underlying condition causing the neuroma. If it’s diabetes, for example, you need to treat diabetes.”

Your treatment options for neuroma in the foot

DeLoor Podiatry offers Rejuvenation Therapy Injections (RTI) and tenex ultrasound debridement for neuroma. Both are minimally invasive procedures, and both have great results in effectively managing neuromas. 90% of DeLoor Podiatry patients treated for neuroma go to complete recovery and remission from neuromas, eliminating pain. 10% do go on to other foot and ankle surgery to return to their previous level of activity.

Tenex ultrasound debridement for foot neuroma

You go home with a stitch and that’s it,” says Dr. Jose Loor. “Pain relief is immediate, if not instant.”

Rejuvenation Therapy Injections (RTI) for neuroma

We’ve written about RTI before. See our article on Traumatic Arthritis. RTI is a powerful solution for inflammation (such as in the many forms of arthritis), and ligament, tendon and cartilage damage.

The strong concentration of platelets provides natural growth factors that stimulate tissue regeneration for nerve damage. It restores and increases blood flow to the abnormal/damaged nerve tissue AND limits the formation of scar tissue.

DeLoor Podiatry provides all-around podiatry services ranging from ankle and foot trauma, ingrown toenails, bunions and hammertoes, to advanced treatments like rejuvenation treatment injections, arthroscopic reconstruction, bone stimulators and spider veins and varicose reduction. We serve patients across New York and New Jersey, including Gramercy, Park Avenue, Murray Hill, Herald Square, Chinatown, Bay Ridge, Wall Street and Bensonhurst, Paramus NJ. The specialists, led by Dr. Jose Loor.

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