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Has someone ever said to you, “I have shooting pains” or “my pain is so bad it’s burning”? This is described as neuropathic (or nerve) pain. This pain is known to be one of the most intense types of chronic pain. In can be described as sharp pain, stinging, or burning. Nerve pain happens from the impact of nerve damage at and around the injured site. Essentially, you have lost function within the sensory nervous system. Here’s what you need to know about heel pain in Plainfield.

Causes, Symptoms, and Diagnosis

It’s hard to figure out if you have neuropathic pain just from a few symptoms because of how widely ranged they are. However, you can figure out causes for neuropathic pain. For example, the pain can be caused by medications, the result of a disease affecting the nervous system, and even cancer, alcoholism, or multiple sclerosis.

A commonly-known type of this disorder is phantom limb pain. This is when a limb is amputated but the person still feels pain where that limb once was. If you ever feel that burning or shooting sensation in or around your feet and ankles, however, you should reach out to your podiatrist. Some symptoms include:

  • Sharp pain
  • Shooting or “electric shock”
  • A burning or hot sensation
  • Tingling (like consistent pins and needles)
  • A stabbing pain

If you feel foot or ankle pain that may be neuropathic,you should see your podiatrist. They will ask for your medical history and you will have to complete a physical. It’s possible they could lead you to a neurologist to run further tests on your body and see if you need to be treated for neuropathic pain.


The first type of treatment is anticonvulsant and antidepressant medication. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are also known to ease the pain. It’s possible that you may need to visit a pain specialist who will use an invasive or implantable device so your pain can be managed. Therapies are known to help treat neuropathic pain, like physical or occupational, relaxation, massage, or even acupuncture.

Taking Preventative Measures

By monitoring and modifying your lifestyle choices, you are able to decrease the risk of neuropathic pain. Stay away from tobacco, limit your alcohol intake and maintain an overall healthy lifestyle. Three basic ways to stay healthy: eat a diet rich in fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean protein; exercise at least 30 minutes a day, three days a week; avoid factors that could cause nerve damage.

You can learn more about neuropathic pain in the ankle and feet area by reaching out and speaking to your podiatrist. Your feet, ankles, and heel pain in Plainfield can be looked at by the Suburban Foot & Ankle Associates doctors. Call today to make an appointment and become one step closer to getting rid of your pain!

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Two Convenient Locations


15724 S. Rt 59 Unit 100

Plainfield, IL 60544

815-439-1188 phone

815-439-2453 fax

Illinois Podiatric Medical Association


215 Remington Blvd., Suite A2

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

630-226-9860 phone

815-439-2453 fax

American Podiatric Medical Association