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How Systemic Diseases Can Affect Feet

There are a host of systemic diseases that can contribute to various foot problems, affecting mobility and quality of life. Sciatica, caused by compression of the sciatic nerve, can lead to radiating pain, numbness, and tingling sensations in the feet. Hypothyroidism, characterized by low thyroid hormone levels, may result in cold feet, swelling, and thickened skin. Embolic arterial occlusion, a sudden blockage of an artery by a traveling clot, can cause acute pain, discoloration, and decreased sensation in the feet. Treatment for these conditions varies, depending on the underlying cause and severity. Sciatica may require pain management or surgery in severe cases. Hypothyroidism typically involves hormone replacement therapy and lifestyle modifications. Treatment for embolic arterial occlusion can include blood thinners, thrombolytic therapy, or surgical intervention. If you are experiencing foot problems associated with a systemic disease, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for personalized care and treatment to improve foot function.

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 Pedram Aslmand, DPM from Advanced Foot and Ankle Center. Our podiatrist 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 offices located in Long Beach, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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