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Baxter’s neuritis

Also referred to as:
Baxter's Nerve Entrapment • Baxter's Neuropathy • Distal Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

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What is the Baxter's nerve?

The Baxter’s nerve runs around the inside and underside of the heel, and travels towards the outside of the heel and foot. It is the first branch of the lateral plantar nerve.

It is often closely related to “plantar fasciitis” and it could be argued that one can cause or at least contribute to the other, making heel pain symptoms much more complicated.

Many people describe burning, shooting, or radiating pains through the heel.

Due to the complexity of heel pain, if you are suffering, we advise seeing a Podiatrist to get an assessment. They will be able to palpate your lateral plantar nerve and check if it is related to your problem.

Treatments may be similar to those used for managing heel pain.

If you book an appointment, it is a good idea to take the shoes you wear day to day to help them with their assessment.

Baxters neuritis