Dorsal tarsal neuritis is a condition in which the patient presents with symptoms consisting of burning, numbness, tingling, and sharp, shooting pain on the top of the foot.
This can be caused by a spur on one or more of the bones of the foot compressing or impinging a nerve on the top of the foot. Over-tightening shoe laces or wearing too tight of sneakers while running can cause irritation to the nerve as well.
Icing, taking oral anti-inflammatories, and steroid injections may help reduce the inflammation around the nerve and diminish the symptoms. When conservative treatments are unsuccessful, surgical removal of bone spurs may be beneficial.
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