When famous inventors, explorers, or thinkers discover something new, they either name it after themselves or someone goes ahead and names it after them. The same principle often applies in health and medicine. Diseases and conditions can be either so complicated or so hard to describe in a few words that they are simply named after their founder. In an effort to clear up some confusion about “named” foot and ankle conditions, here are some common examples:
1. Raynaud’s disease: This vascular condition occurs when cold weather or stress cause the smaller blood vessels in your hands and feet to constrict. Due to a lack of circulation, your fingers or toes might be numb and feel cold until they are warmed again.
2. Sever’s disease: This condition tends to strike particularly active children in the middle of a growth spurt. Repeated impact and pressure on the heel causes inflammation and soreness on the growth plate.
3. Charcot foot: When you suffer from chronic conditions like arthritis and neuropathy, the bones in your feet become weaker. This makes them more susceptible to fractures, collapsed arches, and ulcers.
4. Haglund’s deformity: A hard enlargement can form on the back of your heel as a result of rigid-backed footwear like ice skates or boots. This friction causes significant swelling and discomfort.
These diseases and conditions are not very complicated, but they might require some investigating to figure out what they entail. Fortunately, the doctors at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston have a thorough understanding of a wide range of foot and ankle conditions, even the pesky named ones. When you make an appointment at any one of our offices in the North Houston, Texas area, you can count on quality treatment for the above conditions and more. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us or call us at (281) 444-4114!