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Why is a Sharp Pain Shooting Up my Foot?

Pain that shoots up your foot may have a number of causes, but one of the more common is peripheral neuropathy. In this condition, peripheral nerves become damaged and malfunction, leading to symptoms like shooting pain, tingling, and numbness. Since the nerves leading down to your feet and toes and the longest, they’re often the first to be affected.

Nerve problems such as peripheral neuropathy can occur to anyone as a result of things like sudden trauma, disease, or alcohol abuse, but the condition is especially common among sufferers of diabetes. Since this condition can also impair the circulatory system and healing time, nerve damage is especially serious—you may not realize anything is wrong until a sore turns into a serious issue.

If you notice shooting pain or other signs of numbness or tingling in your legs, especially if you have diabetes, don’t wait—set up an appointment with Family Foot and Ankle Center right away. This condition will not improve without treatment. You can reach us by dialing (513) 728-4800 in Ohio or (859) 282-1572 in Kentucky.

Dr. Cynthia Miller
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Dr. Cynthia Miller is a board certified podiatrist who has been established in the Cincinnati area since 2004.