I experience pain in the ball of my foot that sends a numbing pain into my toes when I am active , bike, hike, golf. It can be relieved once I take off my shoes. Sometimes I hike in sandles as that works for a while. What is my problem and what do I need to do to get help?
This could represent a neurofibroma in the foot (a benign tumor of the nerve) or an entrapment of a foot nerve like tarsal tunnel syndrome. You should first see a podiatrist and then possibly a neurologist to assess where the nerve irritation is. A ped-orthotist (a shoe orthotist specialist who can make special shoe inserts) could also help you make modification to your shoes to relieve pressure off a sensitive nerve. The right sized shoe with adequate room in the "toe box", adequate support and cushioning can make all the difference in the world. Hope you find your happy feet again.
Dr. Christina Lasich, MD