When the nerves that transmit messages from the brain to the feet are damaged, the result is a condition known as peripheral neuropathy. The main symptom is numbness, along with tingling, a burning sensation, and sometimes a sharp shooting pain. Among the many causes of peripheral neuropathy, diabetes is at the top of the list. About half of diabetics develop this condition, which is caused by chronic high blood sugar levels. Because of the numbness, diabetics may not notice sores or cuts on their feet that can become ulcerated. Side effects from medication you may be taking is another well-known cause of peripheral neuropathy. Other causes include genetics, inflammatory infection, autoimmune disease, and kidney disease. Excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages is another common cause. Ignoring symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can be dangerous to your health. If your feet feel numb on a regular basis, it is wise to seek the counsel of a podiatrist as soon as possible for a full examination and an ongoing program of treatment.
Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Afsaneh Latifi, DPM from Lenox Hill Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.
What Is Neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.
Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:
- Sensation loss
- Prickling and tingling sensations
- Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
- Muscle weakness
Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.
To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.
Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
Open-toed shoes, such as flip-flops, are available in a variety of colors and styles and are easy to slip on and off. The feet can endure many unwanted conditions, and many people feel better mentally when flip-flops are worn. This feeling may change if the toes and arch begin to ache when this type of shoe is frequently worn. This can be a result of a lack of arch support, in addition to the toes gripping the front of the shoe to keep it on the foot. Research has indicated the entire body is affected by how the heel strikes the ground, and this may negatively affect flip-flop wearers. Despite the fact that they are best when worn poolside or to the beach, many people will wear them as everyday shoes while running errands and completing daily activities. This may lead to foot injuries concerning the heel, toes, and Achilles tendon. If you have concerns about the pros and cons of wearing flip-flops, please consult with a podiatrist who can effectively address any questions you may have.
Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Afsaneh Latifi, DPM from Lenox Hill Podiatry. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.
Flip-Flops and Feet
When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops. Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer. However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.
How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?
- Ankle problems
- Hip problems
- Lower back problems
- Pain in the balls of the feet
- Problems with foot arches
- Changes in the way you walk
Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?
Yes. Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections. Common injuries and ailments include:
- Sprained ankles
- Cuts and Scrapes
I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?
When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet. These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
There are several different afflictions of the foot that might be properly classified as rare. Charcot foot is one such foot condition. This condition primarily results from some kind of nerve damage that affects bones and joints in the feet. Individuals who suffer from diabetes can be more likely to develop this condition than others. If you are one of the few people that have Charcot foot, then you are likely to experience any number of symptoms. You may, for instance, develop bone fractures. However, since this condition is characterized by damaged nerves, this loss of feeling may prevent you from ever feeling any sensations from the bone fracture. To learn more about this condition or other rare foot conditions, consult a podiatrist today.
Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact Afsaneh Latifi, DPM of Lenox Hill Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Rare Foot Conditions
The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist. Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care.
There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:
- Freiberg’s disease
- Kohler’s disease
- Maffucci syndrome
Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp.
Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.
Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking.
A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.
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