A Korean worker with the last name Yoon was recently awarded a state subsidy by a Seoul court for a nerve condition he sustained while working on a waste pipe at a Samsung semiconductor plant in 2012. He wasn’t wearing protective equipment at the time, so his hands and feet were exposed to hydrofluoric acid in the liquid waste he was handling.
Afterward the nerves in Yoon’s extremities stopped functioning correctly, so he applied for welfare from the government. However, his case was originally rejected because his limbs looked fine on the outside. He appealed his claim to the Seoul Administrative Court, which acknowledged the fact that hydrofluoric acid often causes nerve damage and ruled in his favor.
As Yoon discovered, nerve complications in the feet can make life quite difficult. For assistance with a nerve disorder in your lower extremities, visit podiatrist Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can provide you with a specific diagnosis and work with you to alleviate your symptoms.
Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle
There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.
Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.
There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that is less common than Interdigital Neuroma. It only seems to affect patients who have severe ankle pain which begins in the bottom of the foot extending all the way to the calf. In other instances one may encounter partial numbness and atrophy if the cases are extreme.
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