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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
January 11, 2018
Category: Foot Pain

Sometimes it’s enjoyable to sit down and relax on the couch or in your chair. You prop up your legs, kick back and read, watch a show, or simply enjoy the silence. The peace and serenity are wonderful until pins and needles start to crawl through your feet and legs. This common sensation that almost everyone experiences at one point or another is known as paresthesia. This sensation usually occurs because you’ve accidentally put pressure on a nerve. It stops once you have moved or adjusted and the pressure that was once affecting the nerve is removed. This type of paresthesia is temporary and usually goes away without treatment. If the paresthesia persists, you may have a medical disorder that requires treatment.

What causes paresthesia?

It’s not always possible to determine the cause of paresthesia because it is often linked to other underlying conditions. Temporary paresthesia is often due to pressure on a nerve or brief periods of poor circulation. This can happen when you fall asleep on your hand or sit with your legs crossed for too long. Chronic paresthesia may be a sign of disease or nerve damage. Two types of nerve damage are radiculopathy and neuropathy.

Radiculopathy

Radiculopathy is a condition in which nerve roots become compressed, irritated, or inflamed. This can occur when you have:

  • a herniated disk that presses on a nerve
  • narrowing of the canal that transmits the nerve from your spinal cord to your appendage
  • a mass that binds the nerve as it exits the spine

Radiculopathy that affects your lower back is called lumbar radiculopathy. Lumbar radiculopathy can cause paresthesia in your leg or foot.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy occurs due to chronic nerve damage. The most common cause of neuropathy is high blood sugar which is common in patients with diabetes.  Diabetes is not the only cause for neuropathy - other causes can be:

  • trauma
  • repetitive movement injuries
  • kidney diseases
  • liver diseases
  • stroke
  • tumors in the brain or near nerves
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • neurological disease

Treatment depends on the cause of the paresthesia. If the paresthesia is triggered by overuse or trauma, with lifestyle adjustments, orthotics, and other minor changes, it can be cured. Unfortunately, if it is due to nerve damage, then paresthesia is often permanent.

If you are experiencing the pins and needles feeling even when you are not sitting in an odd position, it is important to see a podiatrist right away. Paresthesia in the feet and legs can be an indicator of other disorders that should not be overlooked. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Catching paresthesia early can help to prevent more serious problems down the road.

November 23, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetes   Neuropathy   Nerve Damage  

A new article by Doctor Tipster has outlined 10 different tips for managing diabetes, which is great for any diabetic patient in order for them to understand the best ways to go about managing their diabetes. One of the specific aspects of this management is proper foot care. “You need to be very serious with your foot care. Diabetes can result in neuropathy or nerve damage. It starts in the feet and so if you take good care of your feet, then you will be safe.”

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you have diabetic foot concerns, consult with Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will provide quality care for your diabetic feet.  

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wrong way: Treating an ulcer with a compression bandage can be the best - and worstDoctors told an elderly reverend named Grahame Stephens that the ulcers he had developed on his ankle were caused by blockage in his veins, and gave him special bandages to treat it. But Stephens’ ulcers only got worse. He decided to see a specialist, who identified the problem as an obstruction in his arteries, not his veins. He ended up needing surgery to have the blockage removed, but luckily he avoided any further complications.

As people get older it becomes important to pay more and more attention to the health of their feet. If you are an older person with questions about foot care, visit a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can help manage your feet and provide solutions for all your foot care needs.

The Elderly and their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away.  Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly. There are many complications that can lead to serious issues, if the problem is not taken care of right away.

Common Conditions 

Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating medical conditions.

Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.

Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:

- Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
- Shoes that don’t fit properly
- Pressure sores
- Loss of circulation in legs & feet
- Edema & swelling of feet and ankles
- Injuries left unnoticed
- Insect or pet bites can also become inflamed and infected
- Stepping on sharp objects, without notice can increase pain

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

For more information about the Elderly and their Feet, read the following article.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to fit your needs.

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Foot UlcersAccording to Alan Donald, research by several groups had given birth to the development of new techniques for treating DFU’s, or diabetic foot ulcers. Negative-pressure wound therapy utilizes a vacuum to remove liquid and necrotic tissue while oxygen therapy is based on the idea that oxygen could enhance cell division and fibrous tissue disposition. Vascular and microsurgery are considered viable options in cases that could lead to amputation. Stem cell therapy, while showing promise, is still in its infancy stage. Moisture, antibiotics, and oxygen are considered to be the three major components when it comes to wound therapy. Ulcers are caused by breaches in skin that do not heal and are usually caused by injuries, sensory loss, poor circulation or skin infections.

Your feet are an important part of your body. If you believe you are suffering from a systemic disease, you should seek out the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can diagnose your condition as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.  

Systemic Diseases of the Foot

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include: gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus- is an increase in the level of blood sugar in which the body cannot counteract with the insulin in the body. When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin this is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

● Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

● Peripheral Vascular Disease- can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our two offices which are located in Sun Lakes or Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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