People often ask about the causes and treatments for sensitive feet.
Their symptoms can vary greatly; some might only experience a mild tingling, others extremely ticklish, sensitive feet or a constant burning feeling, maybe it’s a sharp pain that is worse at night or an extreme sensitivity to touch, making the weight of a sheet unbearable. Some people find that every pebble or change in the ground can be felt even with firm shoes on.
Our Podiatrists have found that some of the most common reasons for this condition include:
- Your feet may be overly sensitive due to issues with your nerves. This is particular risk factor in patients with Diabetes, which is why it is so important to have regular Podiatry appointments to monitor for nerve damage. When a nerve is damaged, its ability to carry messages is affected and it is unable to perform its function. Tingling, burning and sensitivity to touch are all indications that the nerve supply is being disturbed. In some cases damage to the nerves can lead to a complete inability to feel pain.
- This is a benign growth that can develop around the nerve between the third and fourth toes. As a nerve condition, this may cause increased sensitivity, especially in the front part of the foot. Have a read of our blog by Podiatrist Ivan for more information about this common condition. https://www.randellsfootcare.co.uk/2017/09/09/mortons-neuroma-pain-foot
- Both Vitamin B12 and Folate (another type of B-vitamin) deficiencies can contribute to excessive sole sensation.
- Burns, trips, falls, lacerations, blisters, and other trauma can make the tissue on the bottoms of your feet overly sensitive.
If you are finding that your feet are extremely sensitive, the first thing you need to do is come and see one of our team – Each case is different and they will create a customised treatment plan to help you experience relief and enjoy healthier feet.