Common nerve complaints, such as sciatica, piriformis syndrome, tarsal tunnel syndrome and Morton’s neuroma, are effectively treated through a combination of biomechanical, postural and muscle rehabilitation. Footwear considerations are often necessary. Foot and lower limb neuropathy can be assessed, with a long-term treatment plan recommended. With the exception of neuropathy, these conditions are often the result of nerve compression.
The main symptom of a Morton’s neuroma is a progressively worsening forefoot pain. It is often described as stabbing, burning, or possibly numbness or pins and needles. Morton’s neuromas are generally caused by a compression of the medial and lateral plantar nerves as they come together between the metatarsal heads.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome
Tarsal tunnel syndrome is often described as a pain or ache at the inside of the ankle and / or leg. The pain often travels along a branch of the medial or lateral calcaneal nerve as it passes under the heel. Your podiatrist will be able to differentiate it from heel spur syndrome.
Sciatica is characterised by an ache that starts in the lower back and runs through the buttock down the outside of the thigh. This condition can also produce localized pain along the path of the sciatic nerve.