Answers to Some of the Questions We Hear the Most at Our Long Beach Podiatry Office
If you’re suffering from foot or ankle pain, you probably have quite a few questions. We’ve created this list of some of the questions we get the most and we hope they help ease your mind a bit! If you have any questions that are not answered here, please feel free to contact us for an appointment.
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What is Neuropathy?
Diabetic Neuropathy is a condition when the nerves become damaged from diabetes.
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy is when the hands, legs and feet are affected and is the one of the most common causes of nerve pain in the feet.
Diabetics frequently develop neuropathy because high blood sugars damage nerves. Neuropathy is typically most painful at night and when at rest, but then gets better with physical activity.
Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:
- Tingling or feeling of pins and needles in the feet.
- Pain or discomfort in feet or legs.
- Burning sensation in your feet or "hot feet".
- Numbness or decreased sensation in the feet.
If you are diabetic or have pain or discomfort in your legs or feet schedule an appointment with an experienced podiatrist.
What is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)?
More than 8 million Americans Suffer from Peripheral Arterial Disease
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a common disease that develops when arteries become clogged from fatty build-up (atherosclerosis) along the artery walls.
The fatty build-up creates the artery to become narrowed, and eventually clogged, restricting the blood flow to your limbs. PAD most commonly affects the legs but atherosclerosis can be present in other arteries that carry blood to your heart, head, stomach and kidneys.
Just like clogged arteries in the heart - clogged arteries in the legs puts you at risk of heart attack, stroke and limb loss.
Talk to your podiatrist about Vascular Screening for PAD, a simple ten minute test could save your limb.
What is a Foot Ulcer?
Foot Ulcer: Diabetics should inspect their feet everyday!
A foot ulcer is the breakdown of the skin of the foot in a specific area. It typically starts as a superficial cut, scrape or sore that develops into an open sore on the foot, typically appearing as a shallow red crater but may also become deep enough to involve tendons and bones. Diabetics and those with poor circulation are more likely to develop foot ulcers because of the lack of blood flow and ability to heal the wound and fight infections. Foot ulcers can cause serious infections, leading to gangrene or even foot amputation.