Feet are the pillars of our body. The importance of of them cannot be overstated. They bear our weight, get us from place to place, and keep us from falling over. If there is something wrong with your feet, other parts of your body may be affected. The opposite can also be true. For instance, if your feet are cold or numb, this could be a symptom of poor circulation, diabetic neuropathy, or both. Changes in the color and texture of the toenails could be a sign of toenail fungus, or potentially something more serious. If the joints in your feet or toes hurt, this could be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis. There are many other symptoms of underlying diseases that may manifest themselves on or in your feet. It is important to never neglect and regularly inspect them.
When dealing with systemic disease of the feet, it is extremely important to check the affected areas routinely so that any additional problems are caught quickly. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Dr. Howard Robins from The Healing Center. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric needs.
Systemic Diseases of the Feet
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. Common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs to relieve pain and inflammation, and other drugs that lower the acid levels in the body.
Diabetes mellitus – is an increase in the level of blood sugar that the body cannot counteract with its own insulin. Failure to produce enough insulin 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 our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.