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By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
January 03, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a condition that is similar to the wrist condition called carpal tunnel syndrome, with which many people are familiar, except the tarsal tunnel is located near the ankle bones where thick ligament tissue encloses the nerves, tendons, arteries, and veins that supply the foot. When this tissue becomes constricted or compressed, the resulting pressure on the posterior tibial nerve causes pain, numbness, or a burning sensation that is felt on the bottom of the foot or on the inward side of the ankle and it may come on suddenly.

Causes of tarsal tunnel syndrome

Injuries such as ankle sprains and strains that occur near the tunnel can cause inflammation that compresses the nerve. People who have flat feet and are subject to an outward rolling of the foot are more susceptible to strain and compression of the tarsal tunnel. Systemic diseases such as inflammatory arthritis and diabetes can also contribute to nerve compression problems. There is also the possibility that an obstruction is pressing on the nerve inside the tunnel. This could be from a swollen tendon, ganglion cyst, or varicose vein, among other possibilities.

Diagnosing and treating tarsal tunnel syndrome

Your foot doctor will make an assessment regarding your loss of feeling and burning sensations, and it may be necessary to perform advanced imaging studies to confirm that the loss of feeling isn’t caused by a growth inside the tunnel.

Conservative treatments may include:

  • Resting and icing the foot to reduce inflammation and promote healing.
  • Taking ibuprofen to relieve pain and swelling.
  • Immobilizing the foot with a cast or boot to allow the nerve and tissues to heal.
  • Physical therapy.
  • Ultrasound treatments are often effective.
  • Custom fitted orthotic inserts and supportive shoes can provide arch support and decrease movements that may contribute to nerve compression.
  • A foot brace may be required to redistribute pressure.

Surgery may be necessary in severe cases and, left untreated, tarsal tunnel syndrome can cause permanent damage, so be sure to consult with your foot care professional. The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.

 

Diabetes can cause a host of serious medical complications such as glaucoma, kidney disease, liver problems, heart disease, and stroke. One of the early warnings that you may be developing diabetes is a condition called peripheral neuropathy which can cause numbness and tingling in your extremities. Your feet are often one of the first places that these symptoms may arise, so keep on the look out for the following:

  • Lack of feeling—As the nerves in your feet become more damaged, you will experience a sense of numbness and tingling which makes it difficult to know if you have hurt your feet. You could walk around all day with a rock in your shoe and not even realize it.
  • Healing takes longer—Due to the reduced blood flow to the feet you may notice that minor cuts or scrapes are taking longer to heal, or not healing at all. This can lead to complications like infection and even amputation of a toe or foot in extreme cases.

See your foot specialist right away if you notice such symptoms so a customized treatment plan can be developed. For those that have diabetes, maintaining good foot health is critical to avoiding major complications, so follow these quick and easy tips:

  • Inspect your feet daily—Look for sores or cuts, and make sure to check the bottom and between the toes. Use a mirror if necessary,
  • Wash your feet daily—and be sure to dry them completely. Dry between the toes also.
  • Trim your nails straight across—An ingrown toenail can lead to an infection and amputation, so be sure to cut your nails correctly or have someone cut them for you.
  • Wear special shoes—that have plenty of room in the toe box and provide good support and balance.
  • Quit smoking—Smoking constricts blood vessels and reduces blood flow which can make healing of wounds and cuts take much longer.
  • Corn and callus treatment—Because of the risk of cutting, it is best to leave this to your foot doctor.

If you are experiencing foot pain, numbness or wounds on your feet that are not healing, it is very important to get the advice of a foot specialist.

The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.

According to a study published by Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics that focused on Type 2 diabetes cases, “patient-centered care may improve diabetes self-management and patients’ quality of life.” Researchers sought to understand the relationship between patient care and glycemic control. About “an estimated 29.1 million Americans -- 9.3 percent of the US population,” have diabetes, says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Patient-centered care focuses on aligning health care with personal values.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you believe you are having problems with your diabetic feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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 care needs.

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Diabetes is considered “the number one cause of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, globally,” a disease that can severely impact the feet if proper procedures are not followed. In a large region such as South Africa, about 2.2 million people are presumed to be living with diabetes. Controlling your blood sugar levels is vital to your overall body’s health, as diabetes can affect the heart, eyes, kidneys, nerves, and more. Check your feet everyday, wear comfortable shoes, follow a proper hygiene routine, and avoid going barefoot.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you believe you are having problems with your diabetic feet, contact  one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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.

Read more about Diabetic Foot Care

For registered nurse Shelley Shager, taking care of your diabetic feet is vital to protecting your overall health. As our populations get older, it will be harder to manage their feet, especially if they become prone to diabetes. If you are diabetic, this means that wounds such as sores are impaired by poor blood circulation, are unable to heal, and can become infected. This in turn can lead to amputations, so it’s extremely important for diabetics to have their feet regularly assessed by their podiatrists.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you believe you are having problems with your diabetic feet,see one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will attend to your foot and ankle needs.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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 care needs.

Read more about Diabetic Foot Care