Muscles & Nerves

What are the symptoms of a pinched nerve in your foot?


Pinched nerve signs and symptoms include:

  • Numbness or decreased sensation in the area supplied by the nerve.

  • Sharp, aching or burning pain, which may radiate outward.

  • Tingling, pins and needles sensations (paresthesia)

  • Muscle weakness in the affected area.

  • Frequent feeling that a foot or hand has "fallen asleep"

If muscles are overworked or overstressed, they can become torn or strained. Strains usually manifest as pain, especially with movement or pressure.

Mild strains often go away in days or weeks if the muscle is rested and not subjected to further stress. More serious muscle tears, however, may take months.

It is a good idea to call us if a severe strain is suspected, as severe muscle strains can lead to serious complications.

The most severe form of muscle overuse – rhabdomyolysis – occurs when muscles are so stressed that their cells rupture and release toxic chemicals. This can actually be fatal if left untreated.

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation to reduce swelling are recommended to treat mild to moderate strains. Supportive wraps or casts and crutches or braces may be recommended if the strain is especially severe.

Physical therapy may also be suggested to help regain healthy use of the muscles after the injury.

Pinched nerves

and other problems can cause severe pain that can be treated by your podiatrist with injections. 


Flat feet,



and hammertoes


can be treated with minimally invasive surgery that is performed right in your podiatrist's office. If you wait to treat these conditions, your treatment may become more complicated and your recovery may take longer. 

Foot Muscles

Just as there are many bones and ligaments of the sole of the foot, there are also many muscles. These can be divided up into four major groups:

  • The central muscles of the sole of the foot

  • The lateral muscles of the sole of the foot

  • The medial muscles of the sole of the foot

  • The muscles of the dorsum (top) of the foot

A stone bruise is a deep bruise of the fat pad of the heel or ball of the foot. It’s often from an impact injury, but it can also happen after stepping on a hard object. The pain feels like you’re walking on a pebble. It will gradually go away on its own.

In the meantime:

  • Rest your foot.

  • Ice the area.

  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers.