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By Foot First Podiatry
July 13, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

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 whats going on with your feet if you cant 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. 

 

Spasms

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. 

 

Chilblains

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.

 

Neuropathy

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!

IS IT TRUE WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT PATRICK DUFFY?!Actor Patrick Duffy, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, tennis star Lindsay Davenport, and the Rays third baseman Evan Longoria share two commonalities—high visibility and Morton’s neuroma. 

Investigators from the Enquirer unearthed Duffy’s injury and membership in the celebrity Morton’s neuroma sufferers club when looking for an explanation behind his unfashionable clogs, which the star of TNT’s “Dallas” sequel was caught wearing on a recent walk through Los Angeles.

“I have terrible feet,” said Duffy. “I really beat them up dur­ing ‘Man from Atlantis,’ because I was barefoot all the time – run­ning through fields, running on cement, jumping out of the water, slapping them around for years.  So the nerves on the bot­tom kind of went all to hell.  Since then, I’ve chosen to wear clogs.”

Morton’s neuroma is a painful nerve condition, and despite surgery to remove the damaged nerve in 1989 Duffy continues to struggles with foot pain.

If Morton’s neuroma is causing you discomfort, consider seeing a medical professional like podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will assess your condition and provide the care that you need.

Morton’s Neuroma

Also called Intermetatarsal Neuroma or Plantar Neuroma is a condition that affects the nerves of the feet, which targets the toe between the third and fourth toe. Neuroma is a growth that can occur in various areas of the body. Morton’s Neuroma causes the nerves around the feet to become enlarged causing pain in the feet.

Morton’s Neuroma can be caused by injury or pressure, many times no visible signs will indicate that you may have this. Instead, a tingling sensation along with pain will be present. 

Foot pain should be treated immediately. Paying close attention to your feet will make it less likely that you will have to undergo surgery.

How Does It Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes
- High impact exercise
- Sustaining injuries
- Walking incorrectly (bunions, flat-feet)

Treatment for the affected feet can help tremendously. A podiatrist will help identify the issue and prompt the patient to a treatment plan. In many cases the doctor will recommend the following:       

o   Apply padding to the arch
o   Ice packs on the affected area to reduce swelling

For more information about Morton’s Neuroma, please follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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