When nerves are damaged, they lose the ability to function effectively. Peripheral neuropathy is a condition where nerves in a person’s periphery (toes and fingers) are malfunctioning, causing abnormal feeling in the affected extremities including burning, numbness, tingling, or shooting sensations. A podiatric nerve condition incorporates damaged nerves in the feet and can develop into a difficult situation to overcome, especially without the aid of a knowledgeable podiatrist.
There is quite a long list of risk factors that increase the chance of a podiatric nerve condition with diabetes being the most prevalent, since the severity of the associated symptoms is closely tied to blood sugar levels. In the United States alone, 60 to 70 percent of people diagnosed with the metabolic disease will develop neuropathy in their lifetime according to the American Diabetes Association. Other causes for damaged nerves in the feet can include autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, alcohol abuse, and infections such as HIV, Lyme disease, and hepatitis C. These conditions can inhibit vital communication between the brain and the nerves located in the feet, leading to the possible development of more severe cases of podiatric nerve damage.
With a podiatric nerve condition comes a range of complications. As you know, the nerves in our body are pain receptors and send signals to the brain to make the appropriate change to prevent it. If the foot is experiencing a numbing sensation then any kind of burn or outside trauma will not register and the skin will be open to further damage. Additionally, if there is a skin condition developing (rash, cracked skin, blisters), it will only worsen without the nerves functioning properly.
Podiatric nerve conditions are just one of the many concerns addressed by podiatrist, Jeffrey S. Muroff. Working out of our Ronkonkoma, NY office location, Dr. Muroff has served patients from surrounding Long Island communities and beyond for years. If you or someone you know is experiencing foot pain, please feel free to contact our office to schedule an appointment for an evaluation.