Posts for tag: Neuropathy
For better or for worse, most common foot problems are readily observable. Bunions, blisters, corns and calluses are all clearly visible on the exterior of your feet, and as a result, their diagnosis is straightforward. Less straightforward is the invisible pain of foot nerve damage, which results in a wide range of tingling, pricking, chilling, and stabbing sensations. How can you understand what’s going on with your feet if you can’t even see the issue, let alone describe the pain you feel?
Luckily, podiatrists are experts in the process of diagnosing unseen nerve related foot pain. Here are some of the most common nerve problems that can occur in your feet.
A violent contraction of the muscles, nerve spasms typically present as twitching movements of your toes and feet. They may be accompanied by fatigue, numbness, or a tingling (pins and needles) sensation. Since they are often linked to calcium and Vitamin D deficiency, treatment for spasms includes the regular use of supplements.
Also known as cold feet, chilblains are characterized by an abnormal skin reaction to chilly environments. Red swellings can develop, which can become itchy, dry, and infected if left untreated. People with poor circulation and limited mobility are especially vulnerable to chilblains, so treatment focuses on keeping the extremities warm and well-protected.
Commonly linked to conditions of toxicity such as diabetes, alcoholism, or exposure to harsh chemicals, peripheral neuropathy is a loss of nerve function in the feet. Symptoms are often characterized by a particular burning pain, and treatment includes Vitamin B-12, gentle electrical stimulation, and magnetic therapy.
If you are experiencing recurrent tingling or burning sensations in your feet, it could be linked to one of these common nerve problems. It is highly advisable that you seek the attention of a trained foot doctor.
At Foot First Podiatry, located in New Albany, IN, our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the highest quality diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Research that has been performed by several groups has led to the development of new techniques when it comes to diabetic foot ulcer treatment. Oxygen therapy, for example, helps to enhance cell division and fibrous tissue. Negative-pressure wound therapy removes liquid and necrotic tissue via a vacuum. In cases that may lead to amputation, vascular and microsurgery are usually options considered to be viable. Stem cell therapy also shows some promise despite being in its infancy stages. Three major components for wound therapy include oxygen, antibiotics and moisture. Ulcers are the result of breaches in the skin that do not heal. These breaches are usually caused by injuries, sensory loss, poor circulation and/or skin infections.
Your feet are an important part of your body. If you believe you are suffering from a systemic disease, you should seek out the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can diagnose your condition as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.
Systemic Diseases of the Foot
Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include: gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.
Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.
Diabetes mellitus- is an increase in the level of blood sugar in which the body cannot counteract with the insulin in the body. When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin this is a factor in Diabetes.
Diabetes of the Feet
â—Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.
â—Peripheral Vascular Disease- can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet.
If you have any questions, contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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