RS Podiatry Clinic

Baxter’s Nerve Entrapment

Baxter’s nerve entrapment, also known as Baxter’s neuropathy or inferior calcaneal nerve entrapment, is a condition that affects the nerves in the foot. Specifically, it involves the entrapment or compression of the nerve that runs along the inside of the heel, called the Baxter’s nerve.

When this nerve gets compressed or irritated, it can cause various symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling, or a burning sensation in the heel or arch of the foot. These symptoms often worsen with activity, especially walking or standing for long periods.

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, it’s essential to consult a podiatrist. We are trained to diagnose and treat foot-related problems, including Baxter’s nerve entrapment.

Here’s a brief overview on some ways we can help in the management of Baxter’s nerve entrapment:

  1. Diagnosis: By carefully examining your foot, reviewing your medical history, and asking about your symptoms. We may also perform certain diagnostic tests, such as a nerve conduction study or an ultrasound, to assess the condition of the nerve and rule out other possible causes of your symptoms.

  2. Pain management: Podiatrists can provide various pain relief options to alleviate your discomfort. This may include the use of oral medications, topical creams or gels, Class Iv Laser Therapy and potentially corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation and relieve nerve pressure.

  3. Orthotic devices: We may recommend custom orthotic devices to help redistribute pressure on the foot and relieve the nerve compression. These devices can provide cushioning and support to reduce symptoms and improve overall foot function.

  4. Physiotherapy type exercises: We may suggest specific exercises and stretches to strengthen the muscles around the foot and ankle, improving stability and reducing pressure on the affected nerve. Exercises can also help enhance flexibility and promote overall foot health.

  5. Footwear modifications: We may evaluate your footwear choices and make recommendations for shoes that provide better support, cushioning, and proper fit. Wearing appropriate shoes can help alleviate symptoms and prevent further irritation of the nerve.

  6. Surgical intervention: In some cases, when conservative treatments fail to provide relief, we may suggest surgical intervention. Surgery aims to release the compressed nerve and relieve the symptoms. Your podiatrist will discuss the procedure, potential risks, and expected outcomes with you, guiding you through the decision-making process.

Every patient’s situation is unique, so the treatment approach may vary. We will tailor the treatment plan according to your specific needs and preferences.