We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What are the Different Treatments for a Pinched Foot Nerve?

By Erin J. Hill
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

There are a wide variety of treatments for a pinched foot nerve, and their use depends on the severity of pain and the underlying cause. Common treatments can include applying heat or cold to the area, massage, chiropractic care, acupuncture, acupressure, medication injections or pills, and rest. Very rarely, surgery may be needed to repair a nerve that has been damaged due to an injury. There are also new treatments being developed and used in some areas, such as laser therapy.

In most cases, a pinched foot nerve comes as the result of minor trauma to the muscles or tendons surrounding the nerve. Generally, rest and reduced pressure on the afflicted area will reduce pain and lead to healing within a day or so. When this is not possible, it is important to apply as little pressure as possible to the foot that has been impacted and to wear comfortable and supportive shoes to prevent further injury. Over the counter pain medications, ice packs, and gentle massage may help reduce pain until the nerve has fully healed.

For more prolonged pain associated with a pinched foot nerve, additional therapies may be beneficial. Acupressure and acupuncture have been shown to help in reducing the pain and increasing blood flow to a pinched nerve. Chiropractic care may also open up pathways to the legs and feet to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation.

More recent treatment methods for nerve pain include laser therapy. This is a form of surgery that is less invasive than more traditional methods. It requires local anesthesia and uses a laser to help remove portion of tissue or bone that may be causing the pinched foot nerve. Although effective, this procedure is not yet widely available and is more commonly used in treating pinched nerves in the back or neck.

In very severe cases, surgery may be used to treat a pinched foot nerve. Sometimes prolonged inflammation caused by an injury or medical condition can cause chronic nerve pain. Doctors may be able to surgically remove a small part of the muscle, bone, or other tissue pressing against the nerve and causing pain. Although recovery is often longer and risks are higher than other treatment methods, surgery is an effective remedy for very severe pain.

If foot pain is very prolonged and does not respond to typical treatments used for pinched nerves, further evaluation may be needed. An injury not related to the nerve may be to blame. If this is the case, additional treatments or therapies will likely be required.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
By ysmina — On Jul 01, 2013

The only thing that has given me some relief from my pinched nerve symptoms has been orthopedic shoes.

I bought wider shoes, with extra padding that takes away the weight and pressure from where the pinched nerve is. This has helped me much more than massage or acupuncture.

By stoneMason — On Jun 30, 2013

@ankara-- What do you mean by numbing injections?

Anti-inflammatory and pain relieving injections are definitely common pinched nerve treatments. But I'm not sure if these are injected into the foot.

I have a pinched nerve in my back for years and now I also have a pinched nerve in my foot. I've had muscle-relaxers and pain relieving injections for my back, but not for my foot.

For my foot, I take regular, oral pain relievers and rest. I think that rest is the best treatment for a pinched nerve. Once the pressure on that part of the foot is relieved, things usually go back to normal. If you're worried about not being active, swimming is a good option.

By bluedolphin — On Jun 30, 2013

Has anyone heard of numbing injections used to relieve pain from a pinched nerve in the foot?

My doctor said that we could do this if my pain doesn't resolve in the next few weeks.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.