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Heel Pain : Trapped Nerve

 

What is "Trapped nerve"?

Compression of a small nerve (a branch of the lateral plantar nerve) can cause pain, numbness or tingling in the heel area. In many cases, this nerve compression is related to a sprain, fracture or varicose (swollen) vein near the heel.

Symptoms:

A trapped nerve can cause pain, numbness or tingling almost anywhere at the back, inside or undersurface of the heel. In addition, there are often other symptoms - such as swelling or discoloration - if the trapped nerve was caused by a sprain, fracture or other injury.

How is a Trapped / Pinched Nerve Treated?

If a sprain, fracture or other injury has caused the trapped nerve, this underlying problem must be treated first. In rare cases, surgery may be done to release the trapped nerve.

Treatment may include:

  • NSAIDs. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen may reduce swelling.
  • Oral corticosteroids to reduce swelling and pain
  • Narcotic pain medication
  • Steroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Splint
  • Surgery

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