Your body is connected in so many ways, from the bones that make up our skeleton, to the muscles that help move that skeleton, to the 100 billion nerve cells that carry those movement messages from our brain to parts of our body. Of those 100 billion nerves, about 200,000 are in each foot. That’s a lot of nerve endings! Unfortunately, that also means a lot of things that could potentially go haywire and cause medical issues.
Here are a few nerve-related issues that occur in our feet that we treat here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers:
- Acrocyanosis– Typically this benign condition produces swelling, color change, excessive sweating, or excessive coldness in feet. It can also be an indicator of a serious medical illness elsewhere in the body, so get it checked out ASAP if you have those symptoms.
- Alcoholic Neuropathy– This nerve-loss condition is caused by ethanol, the toxic agent in alcohol. Ethanol does damage to nerve tissue, which can cause loss of sensation in the feet. Treatment often includes B-12 injections, oral medication, ointments, or magnetic therapy.
- Chilblains– Chilblains are caused by a poor reaction to cold. Circulation can contribute to chilblains. It often causes itchiness, pain, cracked skin, and redness. If you have poor circulation, keep your feet warm to prevent chilblains.
- Ischemic foot– This is a lack of arterial blood flowing from the heart to the foot. It could be caused by arterial blockage from cholesterol, arterial spasms, or arterial injury. Lack of oxygen and nutrients cause this issue.
- Neuroma– If you experience numbness, tingling, burning or pain in the ball of your feet, it’s possibly a neuroma. This enlarged, benign growth of nerves can be treated with custom orthotics and/or cortisone injections. In severe cases, surgery is necessary.
- Spasms– There are a lot of things that could cause spasms in your feet including vitamin deficiencies, hyperventilation, hypocalcemia, muscle cramps, or serious neuromuscular conditions like Parkinson’s.
- Venous stasis– Loss of leg vein function is called venous stasis. Your normal blood flow is altered or ceased, which can lead to blood clots. Swelling and varicose veins are common with this condition.
There are a lot of potential things that can go wrong with the nerves in your feet. One thing that all of these issues have in common is that you need to see your podiatrist if you are dealing with any of them!
If you notice any changes in your feet, call us today. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is highly trained. We provide the best in foot care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!