Over-the-counter topical pain-relieving creams, including capsaicin, aspirin, or lidocaine, may help reduce nerve pain.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • Persistent pain that interferes with walking or quality of life

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • New-onset pain, may be electric shock-like
  • Pain that comes in episodes
  • Painful rash