Nerve damage is a common foot problem. Overpronation, excessive pressure due to tight shoes or diseases/disorders such as Diabetes or Cerebral Palsy can all cause nerve damage. There are various types of nerve issues seen in the foot such as Morton’s neuroma, drop foot and diabetic peripheral neuropathy.


Burning, tingling and pain could be signs of nerve damage. David Allison, The Foot Guy, can offer comprehensive foot examinations to investigate what the problem may be.

Morton's Neuroma

mortonsneuroma350sqrDefinition: a benign tumor made up of nerve cells and nerve fibers

Medical terminology: neuroma

A neuroma is a small mass made up of nerve cells and nerve fibers that may develop in various parts of the body. A neuroma can be described as a thickened nerve.

The most common neuroma that occurs in the foot is Morton’s neuroma, which is in between the third and fourth toe.

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Drop Foot

dropfoot350sqrDefinition: dropping of the forefoot due to muscle weakness, damage to the peroneal nerve or paralysis of the anterior muscle group of the leg

Drop foot is condition where people have the inability to lift the front part of their foot off the ground when walking. People suffering from drop foot often drag their toes along the ground or excessively bend their knees to lift their foot higher than usual to avoid dragging.

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Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

diabetic-neuropathy350sqrDefinition: damage to the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord (peripheral nervous system) that causes pain, numbness, tingling and/or muscle weakness in the extremities (feet and legs, hands and arms)

Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage caused by diabetes. Peripheral neuropathy describes damage to the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord, therefore the arms, hands, legs and feet. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy describes nerve damage to the peripheral nervous system as a complication of diabetes (high blood sugar levels).

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