Avoid Nerve Problems in Athletes and Color Your Feet Happy

Ready to run Austin? It’s never too early to begin training for your next 5K. Maybe you’ve already signed up for the 2014 Color Run Austin being held in May. These now famous runs are a blast, and they raise money for local charities at the same time. This year’s proceeds will go to ColorCancer, so what’s stopping you from grabbing your running shoes? If foot pain is the problem, it’s time to find out if a nerve condition is to blame.


Nerve problems in athletes can cause numerous symptoms depending on the source of the pain. A Morton’s neuroma forms between the third and fourth toes, and is usually accompanied by discomfort that stems from pressure, tingling, and discomfort in the surrounding area (including the ball of the foot). How can you avoid this irritation? Quality, well-fitted footwear is the best place to begin. Remember to replace worn-out shoes, and don’t ignore signs of trouble with your feet.


Once symptoms begin, it’s best to visit our office as soon as possible. If ignored, chronic pain can develop. Resting, icing, taping, and padding are often effective means of getting you back on your feet. However, if the condition is not addressed quickly, you may be faced with surgery.


Tarsal tunnel syndrome is another nerve related condition that athletes may experience as the result of an ankle injury. TTS stems from pressure on the tibial nerve, and the symptoms can mimic other types of conditions, so proper diagnosis is key.


Don’t waste another warm, spring day sitting inside due to foot and ankle pain. Call (512) 328-8900 today to learn more about how nerve pain can impact your active lifestyle. Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS are here to help you get back on track. Online scheduling is also available.


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Dr. Shine John, DPM, FACFAS
Podiatric Physician, Surgeon, Specialist at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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