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April 2024

Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Diagnosing Foot Neuropathy

Foot neuropathy, a nerve disorder, presents a variety of challenges for individuals experiencing symptoms. Neuropathy occurs when nerves in the feet are damaged, leading to sensations of numbness, tingling, burning, or sharp pain. This condition can significantly impair mobility and diminish quality of life. Diagnosing foot neuropathy involves a comprehensive evaluation by a podiatrist, typically starting with a thorough medical history and physical examination. This foot doctor may perform various tests to assess nerve function and rule out other potential causes of foot symptoms, such as diabetes or vitamin deficiencies. Electromyography, or EMG, nerve conduction studies, and imaging tests, such as MRI scans or ultrasounds, may be used to confirm the diagnosis and determine the extent of nerve damage. Early detection and diagnosis of foot neuropathy are essential for initiating appropriate treatment strategies aimed at managing symptoms, preventing further nerve damage, and improving overall foot health and function. If you have any of the above symptoms in your feet, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can help you to manage neuropathy.

Neuropathy

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 one of our podiatrists from Riznyk Podiatry. Our doctors 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:

  • Numbness
  • 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.

Treatment

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 Orchard Park, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Pickleball, a fast-paced and exhilarating sport, can occasionally lead to foot and ankle injuries that require attention and proper care. One common injury is ankle sprains, resulting from sudden changes in direction or awkward landings while maneuvering around the court. Plantar fasciitis, characterized by inflammation of the thick band of tissue running across the bottom of the foot, may develop due to repetitive jumping and running movements. Additionally, stress fractures can occur in the bones of the foot or ankle, typically from overuse or excessive impact during gameplay. Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the Achilles tendon at the back of the ankle, can also arise from repetitive movements like lunging and pivoting. Proper warm-up routines, supportive footwear, and paying attention to technique can help reduce the risk of these injuries. If injury occurs, prompt medical evaluation and appropriate treatment are essential for recovery and returning to the pickleball court safely. If you have developed a foot or ankle injury while playing pickleball, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can offer you a treatment plan that is right for you.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with one of our podiatrists from Riznyk Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Orchard Park, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Common Foot Conditions

Foot pain affects people of all ages and lifestyles. Among those who suffer most are individuals who spend long hours standing or walking, such as healthcare professionals, retail workers, and athletes. Older people are also more prone to developing foot conditions. Common problems leading to foot pain include various foot and nail conditions like bunions, ingrown toenails, and fungal toenail infections. Additionally, bone and joint pain, such as plantar fasciitis and arthritis, contribute significantly to discomfort. Tingling and numbness may also occur due to nerve compression or conditions like peripheral neuropathy. These issues can impair mobility and quality of life if left untreated. Proper footwear, custom-made orthotics, stretching exercises, and maintaining a healthy weight play a part in preventing and managing foot pain. If you are suffering from foot pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to address underlying causes, obtain treatment, and prevent complications.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Riznyk Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Orchard Park, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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