Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Experiencing numbness or tingling in your feet is not a sensation to be ignored, as it often indicates an underlying issue that requires attention. Common causes of foot numbness can include neuropathy, which can result from conditions such as diabetes, nerve injuries, or pressure on spinal nerves. Peripheral arterial disease, tarsal tunnel syndrome, and thyroid disorders are also potential contributors to neuropathy. Additionally, medication side effects, exposure to toxic substances like lead or alcohol, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, electrolyte imbalances, and vitamin deficiencies can affect nerve function, which may lead to numbness. Ignoring numbness, tingling, and a burning sensation in the feet may lead to further complications. By seeking timely evaluation and treatment, you can address the underlying cause of numbness and prevent potential long-term consequences, ensuring your mobility and overall well-being. If you are experiencing frequent numbness or tingling in your feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who is medically trained to manage this condition. 

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 Redwood Podiatry Group. 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 offices located in Eureka and Arcata, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Foot injuries are common among athletes and individuals engaged in high-impact activities, but understanding the difference between a stress reaction and a fracture is critical for proper diagnosis and treatment. A stress reaction, also known as a stress response, occurs when the bones of the foot undergo repetitive stress without adequate time for recovery, resulting in microscopic damage to the bone. Symptoms include localized pain and swelling, particularly during activity, which typically improves with rest. In contrast, a fracture involves a complete or partial break in the bone due to sudden trauma or excessive force. Fractures often present with more severe pain, swelling, bruising, and sometimes deformity at the site of injury. While stress reactions may not always be visible on imaging tests like X-rays, fractures typically show up clearly. If you have foot pain, and feel it may be a stress fracture, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can guide you toward appropriate treatment options.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Redwood Podiatry Group. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Eureka and Arcata, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Sever's disease, despite its name, is not an illness, but a common heel bone disorder that affects children during their growth spurts. Also known as calcaneal apophysitis, this condition occurs when the heel's growth plate experiences inflammation due to repetitive stress and tension. Typically afflicting children aged 8 to 14, Sever's disease emerges as the bones grow faster than the tendons, leading to strain on the heel's growth plate. Young athletes engaged in high-impact sports, such as soccer, basketball, and gymnastics, are particularly susceptible. The symptoms can include heel pain, swelling, and discomfort, which can be worse during physical activities. Recognizing Sever's disease is important, as prompt intervention can alleviate symptoms and prevent long-term complications. If your child has heel pain, and frequently participates in sporting activities, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat this condition.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from Redwood Podiatry Group. Our doctors can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Eureka and Arcata, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Wednesday, 31 January 2024 00:00

Constant care and regular evaluation are important for a foot or ankle fracture. If left untreated, foot or ankle fractures can worsen over time and create more serious problems.

Don't wait to be examined if you believe you've experienced a foot or ankle fracture.

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