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Patients with diabetes who have numbness from nerve damage often experience a complete lack of feeling in their feet as the disease progresses. This can lead to the development of a problem called Charcot Foot. With this condition, you’ll find a severe and disabling deformity that occurs to the foot often without the patient even being aware of it. Weakened bones can actually fracture and cause the foot to collapse, requiring surgery or even possible amputation.
Symptoms of Charcot foot
Extreme swelling and warmth in the foot are early signs of this disorder. Always have your foot specialist perform a thorough exam. Many of the problems of Charcot foot will be physically obvious, but imaging studies such as X-ray or MRI are necessary to determine the full extent of the damage.
Treatments for Charcot foot include the following:
- Rigid boot or cast may be required—Weakened bones in the feet may need a rigid boot or cast to hold them in place while healing occurs. A wheelchair or walker will help to decrease pressure on the foot during the healing period which may last for several months or more.
- Custom orthotic inserts and specially made shoes—After the initial healing period from any surgery or other intervention, you will need to wear custom shoes. These are constructed with stabilizing braces and orthotic inserts to prevent foot ulcers and to keep the foot from collapsing again.
- Activity changes—An activity plan that isn’t too strenuous will be required to avoid causing new damage to the foot.
For expert treatment of Charcot foot disease, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Having the feeling that your feet are burning can range from just a little discomfort to something so severe that the pain wakes you up at night. There are a wide variety of conditions that can cause the feeling of burning feet, with some of them also causing numbness or a pins-and-needles sensation.
Decreased blood flow to the legs and feet due to PAD (peripheral artery disease) can create the sensation of burning feet. Other causes of burning feet could be a skin infection or just ordinary fatigue that causes your feet to become inflamed. Diagnosing the actual cause of burning feet can be quite complicated since the phenomenon is often an indication of nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy), the cause of which can be difficult to diagnose.
Some causes and contributing factors to burning feet include the following:
- A constricted nerve
- Athlete’s foot infection
- Kidney problems
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Vitamin and nutrient deficiencies
- Complications from diabetes
- Alcoholic neuropathy
- HIV infection
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses
- Chemotherapy side effects
If you have a persistent burning sensation in your feet that is becoming more and more painful, make an appointment with your foot care professional for the correct diagnosis and treatment. Without the right treatment, it is possible that you could lose all feeling in your feet and toes.
Once the cause of your burning feet is determined, your podiatrist will develop a comprehensive treatment program. If you are suffering from burning feet, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Your feet really are a marvel of engineering and they do an incredible job every day to get you through your day. While you may tend to take your feet for granted (75% of us do!) while they do all the work of walking, standing, and exercising, here a few things to remind yourself how truly awesome your feet are.
Here are 5 fascinating foot facts:
- The largest feet ever seen—The biggest feet ever measured belong to a Venezuelan man named J. Hernandez, and are a size 26! That’s over sixteen inches long!
- Amazing components—With over 100 muscles, tendons and connecting tissues, 26 bone, and 33 joints, your feet are a design masterpiece.
- Toenail growth rate—Did you know that your toenails grow at a much slower rate than your fingernails? Toenails grow only 1/16th of an inch per month, whereas fingernails can easily grow 1/8th of an inch or more. Nails grow faster during pregnancy, the teenage years, and during the summer months.
- The thickest skin on your body—The skin on the bottoms of your feet is the thickest anywhere on your body. The heel area is very susceptible to forming cracked calluses that could possibly become infected through fissures, so inspect your feet for any cuts or wounds, especially if you have diabetes.
- Stress and pressure absorption—Your feet absorb the equivalent of hundreds of tons of weight every day.
Another fascinating foot fact to consider is that you probably have a foot problem you are not treating, since over three-fourths of people say they neglect their feet. This can be remedied by a visit to your foot doctor, so be sure to consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
It’s important to be aware of what to expect as your feet age along with the rest of your body and to remember that it’s essential to take care of your feet to maintain your overall health. Problems with your feet are often a harbinger of other health problems, so taking care of your feet first is a great way to notice and mitigate these other potential issues.
Problems with your feet that often become more obvious as you age include the following:
Strained tendons and ligaments—As your tendons and ligaments decrease in strength and flexibility, you may experience arch problems, tendonitis, and muscle sprains and strains.
Various types of arthritis—Inflammation caused by everyday use takes a toll on your feet. Frequently the large joint of the big toe is one of the first to be severely affected, in addition to the ankle joint. Toe deformities including bunions and hammertoes are often exacerbated by arthritis.
Swelling of the feet and ankles—As we age, hormonal changes can cause the feet to become more inflamed. Vascular problems like peripheral artery disease and varicose veins as well as some medications can contribute to this inflammation.
Balance problems—These can often be caused by complications from diabetes and other age-related factors and may lead to falls. Custom made foot orthotics that provide stability and support can help prevent falls by minimizing ankle movements.
Skin conditions—Cancerous skin lesions are more likely to appear on the feet and ankles as we age. Other skin issues that often worsen with age include cracked heels and corns and calluses.
Though we can’t stop the aging process, we can take good care of our feet and slow the process down. Foot and ankle problems can be difficult to diagnose and treat, so it’s important that you have your foot and ankle needs evaluated by a foot care professional. If you are experiencing age-related foot problems, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
The best course of action if you are experiencing pain on the top of your foot, especially if you can’t tell the exact cause, is to have your foot doctor do a complete exam to get right to the core of the problem and begin the proper treatment.
3 common causes of pain on the top of the foot include:
- Breaks and stress fractures—The bones on the top of your foot are really quite delicate and susceptible to injury such as from dropping something heavy on your foot, causing a broken bone. Conversely, a stress or hairline fracture in one of the bones on the top of the foot can happen slowly over time, eventually causing considerable pain that may difficult to diagnose and pinpoint without the help of your foot doctor.
- Poorly fitting shoes—Tightly fitting shoes can increase the pressure on the top of the foot causing rubbing and blisters. Always choose shoes with a wide toe box to give your forefoot enough room to move. Shoes that are too loose should also be avoided since they can cause unnecessary friction.
- Systemic diseases—Like arthritis and gout can contribute to swelling and tenderness in the bones, ligaments, and other tissues on the top of the foot. Patients who have diabetes may feel discomfort on the top of the foot that is caused by peripheral nerve damage.
If you are experiencing pain on the top of your foot that is accompanied with difficulty with weight bearing, or if you have a cut or wound that is causing the problem, you should have an immediate evaluation by your podiatrist. For any pain you are having in your feet and ankles, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!