Neuropathy is a bunch of disorders in your body that involve your nervous system. It can cause a loss of sensation or unresponsiveness in your foot.
Neuropathy is best understood as a collection of various medical ailments that affect your nervous system. Your peripheral nerves become damaged, and the symptoms produced stem from that injury.
Neuropathy is the damage of nerves that can lead to a lessened amount of feeling in your feet. It can be painful and happens more often in diabetics since the damage the disease does to their blood flow contributes to nerve injury.
Neuropathy is the damage of your nerves, specifically, the peripheral nerves, which extend through the arms and legs.
Peripheral neuropathy can cause your feet to undergo significant damaging symptoms. Peripheral nerves become injured and the damage causes a loss of feeling in the toes.
A neuroma occurs when nerve tissue grows and swells between the third and fourth toes. It can cause discomfort, a burning sensation, and numbness.
When alcohol use becomes frequent and is abused without regard for personal safety, symptoms of neuropathy can occur and will include numbness, a sensation in the feet of burning and muscle fatigue.
Foot compartment syndrome is a condition that occurs when the nerves, blood vessels and muscles are compressed. It may occur in many parts of the body - more commonly in the foot, leg and thigh and hands.
Once there is swelling or hematoma, normal blood flow is disrupted because a connective tissue called fascia could not expand. And if left untreated, tissue death can occur once oxygen levels or poor blood circulation happens in the area. Visit a podiatrist if you suspect foot compartment syndrome. The doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are podiatrists who specializes in foot care and treating foot disorders.
Signs and symptoms of foot compartment syndrome includes:
- Soreness radiating to the toes once you move them up and down
- Swollen and pale skin on the area where the tissue is damaged
- Intrinsic foot muscle weakness
- Pain resulting from the compartments impacted being squeezed
- Pain felt when stretching your ankle, toes and metatarsal joints
If left untreated, late findings for foot compartment syndrome includes:
- Pulses not palpable due to too much swelling of the foot
- Decreased sensation and neurological deficits (Remember the 5 P’s: Pain, Paresthesia, Pallor, Paralysis, Pulselessness)
The signs and symptoms of compartment syndrome usually develop as the pressure of the tissue increases and reach the systemic pressure. Nevertheless, the pressures of different injuries vary from one another.
A higher pressure may be needed before any injuries can occur to the peripheral nerves of a patient with systemic hypertension. While acute compartment syndrome may develop at lower pressures from those patients with peripheral vascular disorders or hypo-tension.
Once a foot compartment syndrome has been diagnosed, it is important to seek immediate consultation and treatment procedures depending on the patient’s risk factors and clinical diagnosis. Your podiatrist should can help test compartment pressures and measure it correctly to help in proper diagnosis.