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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 Springfield Podiatry Associates. 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 Springfield, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Seniors are at a heightened risk of falling due to various factors, including age-related changes in balance, vision, and muscle strength. Additionally, underlying health conditions, medications, and environmental hazards contribute to the risk of falls among older adults. Vision impairments, such as cataracts or glaucoma, can affect depth perception and increase the likelihood of tripping or misjudging distances. Muscle weakness and joint stiffness make it more challenging to maintain balance and stability while walking or standing. Furthermore, medications that cause dizziness or drowsiness further compromise seniors' ability to navigate their surroundings safely. Environmental factors like cluttered walkways, slippery floors, and inadequate lighting also pose significant fall risks. To prevent falls, seniors can take proactive measures such as participating in regular exercise to improve strength and balance and modifying home environments to eliminate hazards. Falling can impact the feet, possibly compromising daily activities. If you are interested in learning about additional fall prevention strategies, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can provide you with the knowledge you are seeking.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one of our podiatrists from Springfield Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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

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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Gout, a form of inflammatory arthritis, occurs when uric acid accumulates in the joints, leading to the formation of needle-like crystals. This condition, often characterized by sudden, intense pain, typically targets the big toe but can affect any joint. The primary culprit is an excess of uric acid, a byproduct of purine metabolism, causing inflammation and debilitating discomfort. Individuals grappling with gout frequently experience swelling, redness, and extreme tenderness in the affected joint, making movement excruciating. While the big toe is a common target, gout can also strike joints in the ankles, knees, wrists, and fingers. The pain, often reaching its peak within hours, can be relentless and accompanied by lingering discomfort. Recognizing the definition and symptoms of gout is pivotal for prompt diagnosis and effective management. If you have pain in your big toe, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can properly diagnose, treat, and manage gout or any other condition it might be.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Springfield Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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