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January 2023

Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

Causes and Types of Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a nerve-related condition that interferes with messages sent by the brain to the extremities. The result is that the feet do not receive the proper amount of oxygen and nutrients. The most common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy in the feet are a sharp burning pain, numbness, and tingling. This condition is most common in diabetics and people experiencing kidney disease. Mononeuropathy affects a single nerve, while polyneuropathy affects more than one peripheral nerve. Diabetic neuropathy, which is the most common type, is caused by damage to the nerves as the result of high glucose levels over an extended period. Being overweight, excessive alcohol consumption, high blood pressure, and smoking are among the main contributors. A dangerous side effect of peripheral neuropathy is delayed healing of wounds, which can lead to infection and the formation of ulcers. A number of tests are available to detect the presence of peripheral neuropathy. If you believe you may have peripheral neuropathy in your feet or toes, please consult a podiatrist who is trained to deal with 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 Summerlin Foot & Ankle. 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 Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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People who enjoy jogging realize that incurring a running injury is one of the most upsetting things that can happen to their running regime. Injuries can occur in both experienced and new runners, and there are methods that can be done to help prevent them. Many injuries happen due to overuse. The heel is often affected, and a condition known as plantar fasciitis can happen from excess pressure that is put on the heels. A stress fracture is a common injury to obtain while running which is a hairline break in the foot. This typically develops gradually and can be prevented by taking time off between runs. Many people have learned to increase speed and distance slowly, in addition to eating healthy and stretching before and after a run. If you would like more information about how to prevent running injuries, please ask a podiatrist who can provide you with helpful tips.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of Summerlin Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

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

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Tuesday, 10 January 2023 00:00

Who Is Prone to Developing a Bunion?

A bunion is recognized as a hard bump that forms on the outside of the big toe. It develops as a bony protrusion, and it is considered to be a deformity. Genetics may contribute to getting a bunion, in addition to wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely. This may be a reason why bunions are more common among women, and relief may be found when appropriate-size shoes are worn. A bunion can put pressure on the other toes and may cause them to shift towards each other. Additionally, a corn or callus may form on top of the bunion, which may happen from the toes touching the top of the shoe. Other symptoms may consist of joint pain, and the toes may have a limited range of motion. A bunion may stop growing when larger shoes are worn, and temporary relief may be found when protective pads are worn over it. If you have developed a bunion, it is strongly urged that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer correct treatment options, which may include surgery for permanent removal. 

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Summerlin Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

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

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Wednesday, 04 January 2023 00:00

Morton’s Neuroma and Shoes

The nerves in the feet can be detrimentally impacted by several different foot conditions that can cause pain and discomfort. Morton’s neuroma is a foot condition of this kind that impacts nerves in between the toes of the feet. The tissues around the nerves in this area of the feet can become thickened. As a result of Morton’s neuroma, the ball of the foot can become inflamed and quite painful. The shoes that one wears can be a significant contributing factor to the aggravation of Morton’s neuroma. Shoes that have particularly high heels and that also have a very tight fit can be a potentially aggravating cause of Morton’s neuroma. Typically, shoes that have low heels are a better fit for individuals with Morton’s neuroma because the shape of the shoe does not put excess pressure on the ball of the foot, where the foot is most susceptible to pain. If you are struggling with Morton’s neuroma, contact a podiatrist today.


 

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact one of our podiatrists of Summerlin Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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Tuesday, 03 January 2023 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

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