Answers to Your Questions About Peripheral Nerve Pain
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How does neuropathy and nerve compression relate?
Patients come to see us for treatment when nerve issues affect their lower limbs. Our doctors are specifically trained and experienced to provide relief from the symptoms these issues cause, but we can also explain the relationship between neuropathy and nerve compression so patients better understand the problem.
Neuropathy is essentially a general term used to describe nerve damage or problems. This can be caused by various sources, including diabetes, infections, exposure to toxins, and physical trauma.
Nerve compression is a more specific issue experienced in isolated nerves, particularly where a nerve is either compressed or constricted in its fibrous tunnel. This happens solely as the result of external pressure on the nerve.
Both can cause the same symptoms, which include numbness, tingling, burning, stabbing pain, ulcers (open sores), curling of toes, cramping, and weakness or loss of stability in the lower limbs.
Our nerve experts here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists will accurately diagnose the condition for you and then create an effective treatment plan to relieve existing symptoms and keep you safe from further problems. Call us at (512) 328-8900 and we can provide further information or assist you in scheduling an appointment with one of our highly-skilled podiatrists.
Why is my foot dragging?
We would need to see you in person for an accurate diagnosis, but a foot dragging along the floor usually means a condition known as foot drop. Drop foot is actually more of a symptom, one which can develop in response to several underlying anatomical, muscular, or neurological conditions.
In many cases, the root cause of the dragging foot is a nerve injury, particularly with the peroneal nerve, which is responsible for controlling the muscles used to lift the foot. This nerve can become damaged in response to trauma, injury, and other circumstances which constrict it.
If you have developed a condition in which one or both of your feet are dragging along the floor with every step, come see Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists and have one of our skilled, knowledgeable podiatrists provide the care you need. For more information on this subject, or to schedule an appointment at our Austin, TX foot doctor office, either give us a call at (512) 328-8900 or fill out our online form today.
What is lower extremity nerve pain?
To understand what lower extremity nerve pain is, it helps to break down the condition into two parts – lower extremity and nerve pain. Lower extremity is simply a more sophisticated way to say “foot.” Nerve pain requires a bit more explanation.
The human body relies on several systems, including the nervous system. This system can be thought of as the communication center in the body. The brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) communicate with an intricate grid of nerves (peripheral nervous system). The peripheral nerves collect information, which is processed by the brain.
One form of information processed in the brain is physical sensation. This is a basic survival mechanism used to take actions like recognizing that you are stepping on a coal that is hot and then removing your foot quickly. For this to happen, the body relies on peripheral nerves. If these nerves are damaged, due to diabetes or other conditions for instance, it can result in painful sensations. When this happens, you need the treatment we provide.
Call Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists at (512) 328-8900 to find out more information about this form of nerve pain and the advanced treatment options we have to relieve it for you.
What common nerve conditions affect the foot and ankle?
There are several common foot nerve conditions we treat for patients, including neuromas, neuropathy, foot drop, and peroneal nerve dysfunction. Some of the symptoms to know for these conditions include physical sensations of tingling, burning, or pain. When nerves are damaged, they can also become numb and are unable to send any signals to the brain. With foot drop and peroneal nerve dysfunction, there are often functional symptoms, such as inability to hold the affected foot up and the toes dragging while walking.
No matter which of these common nerve conditions are affecting your lower limbs, you can find the treatment you need at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. We are staffed with highly-educated, skilled, and experienced foot doctors who are ready to provide exceptional foot care services for you. Whether you’re in West Lake Hills, the North Loop, or any surrounding areas, contact us today by calling (512) 328-8900 and we can assist you in scheduling an appointment. You can also request an appointment online.