Nerve or vascular problems have two things in common, blood flow and circulation. The treatment for most of these are simple and can be done with some home care and a quick trip to the podiatrist. If left unattended however, this could cause more serious conditions, especially in diabetics. Walking, exercising, keeping your feet warm, wearing shoes that give your feet room to wiggle are all good affordable ways to keep your feet clear of vascular difficulty.
Types of Vascular Conditions:
- Neuroma is an enlarged benign growth of nerves that are caused by the foot’s tissue rubbing against the nerves. It causes a sensation of numbness, tingling, burning or pain in the ball of your foot.
- Chilblains (cold feet) is affiliated with the skin and how it reacts poorly to the cold. Circulation can be an issue and you may develop redness, swelling and itchy skin.
- Acrocyanosis is a disorder that is painless but it effects the blood supply from the arteries to the skin. It usually doesn’t turn into a more serious condition but can be a sign of other issues. Your feet may be constantly cold, sweaty, swollen or discolored.
- Ischemic Foot causes a decrease in blood flow from the heart to the feet. You may experience muscle cramping, discoloration, cold feet and eventually ulcers.
- Non-prescription anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain and swelling.
- Massaging the painful region three times daily with ice.
- Change footwear regularly.
- Arch supports and foot pads to help reduce pressure on the nerve.
These neurological conditions can occur in one foot or both feet and can affect the nerve between the third and fourth toes, but sometimes the second and third toes are affected.as well. Neuroma can occur at any age, but most often affects middle-aged women.
A Morton's neuroma will not disappear on its own. Usually, the symptoms will fluctuate depending on the type of shoes you wear and how much time you spend on your feet. Sometimes, the symptoms will go away completely but it is best to contact a podiatrist as soon as symptoms begin to treat it appropriately. Let our specialist, Dr. Discont, give you a hand with your feet and call Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC in our Chandler office at 480-732-0033 to schedule an appointment.