Wake Up Call

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Have you ever gone to sleep only to be awakened suddenly by severe foot or ankle pain? Has this pain been so intense that you couldn’t get back to sleep because it bothered you so much? There are many disorders that can cause foot and ankle pain during the night. Here are some of the most common issues that do.

Peripheral Neuropathy

This is a disorder that affects the nerves. It can cause pain and numbness in the feet. The numbness usually occurs in the middle toe area. It can cause pain at night that lessens as you walk around and stretch the foot. This condition can often be due to an underlying condition including diabetes, shingles, cancers and other disorders.

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s neuroma is the thickening of tissue around the nerves that lead up to the toes. This condition often occurs around the joint of the big toe. The nerve becomes large, inflamed and swollen. It causes burning, tingling, and cramping sensations that can attack at night. It can also cause numbness in the foot. Some of the root causes of Morton’s neuroma are improperly fitting shoes, hammertoes, bunions and mallet toes.

Pinched Nerve

A pinched nerve can start off as an annoying throbbing sensation and can quickly grow into a painful ache in the middle of the night. Pinched nerves can be caused by holding the body in one position for extended periods of time, improper footwear, and foot trauma.

Restless Legs Syndrome

Do your legs ache, tingle or burn if they are not constantly moving around at night? Are these sensations keeping you from getting a good night’s rest? This could be due to a condition known as restless legs syndrome. There is no known cure for this condition, but there are avenues to help make it more tolerable.

Night time foot and ankle pain can really put a damper on your day. It can also cause your immune system to weaken over time due to lack of adequate sleep. If you are suffering from foot or ankle pain when you sleep, it is time to see a podiatrist. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. There Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage your foot and ankle condition. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.