A new study suggests that Botox, or botulinum toxin, may offer successful relief for two forms of neuropathy. Neuropathy is caused by nerve damage and can result in either shooting pain or loss of feeling in the hands and feet. In the study, the botulinum toxin resulted in a lasting reduction of pain. The effects of local versus spinal injection of botulinum toxin B (Botox B or Myobloc) were investigated. Botox-B has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for medical uses.
If you have concerns regarding systemic diseases such as neuropathy and their effects on the feet, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions and provide you with the treatment you need.
Systemic Diseases of the Foot
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. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.
Diabetes mellitus- is an increase in the level of blood sugar in which the body cannot counteract with the insulin in the body. When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin this is a factor in Diabetes.
Diabetes of the Feet
â— Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.
â— Peripheral Vascular Disease- can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet.