When Your Feet Get “Sick”
No one enjoys getting sick. People generally don’t like being unable to function at their fullest capacity or participate in their normal activities comfortably. Diseases don’t just leave you sick to your stomach or coughing all the time, however. Some conditions target specific structures and cause long-term damage that requires careful intervention to treat. Diseases of the feet and ankles are like this.
A “disease” doesn’t necessarily mean feeling sick in the same way it does for the flu or pneumonia, especially when it affects your lower limbs. These problems impair your feet and ankles’ ability to function normally and pain-free, and they damage the structures they affect. Fortunately, like many injuries and other conditions of your feet, most of these problems can be treated by an expert like Dr. Sanjay Patel using entirely conservative remedies. Some of the most common include:
Anywhere two bones meet, you can develop arthritis, or inflammation within the joint. Many different types of this disease exist, but the three kinds that are the most likely to cause damage in the lower limbs are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis.
This occurs whenever the cells within a structure divide out of control and destroy healthy body tissues. Cancers of the skin and bone are the most common kinds found in the feet and ankles, though other lower limb structures can also be affected.
This disease is usually the result of years of damage from peripheral neuropathy. The bones begin to break down, but you are unable to feel the changes. Over time the foot collapses and may develop dangerous sores.
Actually a kind of arthritis, this disease usually affects the first joint of the big toe, though any joint can develop the issue. Deposits of urate crystals grind against the bone tissues and cause severe inflammation. Initially the pain is sudden and intense, though it does fade after some time.
This is the painful inflammation of the growth plate in the back of the foot, and is the most common cause of heel pain in children and adolescents. Rapid growth and regular activity strain the tendons attached to the heel bone, pulling on the tissue. This inflames the growth plate and causes significant discomfort for the child or teen suffering from it.
Other diseases of the lower limbs exist, though they are somewhat less common. Some of those include Freiberg's Disease, AIDS-related Kaposi's Sarcoma, Kohler's Disease, Maffucci's Syndrome, Ollier's Disease, and Raynaud's Disease. Whatever afflicts your feet and ankles, however, Dr. Sanjay Patel is able to examine and treat the problems—typically using conservative, noninvasive measures and saving the surgery for those who truly need it to restore their lower limbs to health.
If you’re struggling with discomfort or weakness in your feet or ankles, don’t try to wait out the pain or hope that, if you leave it alone, it will feel better in a few days. Pain is a warning sign that something has gone wrong with your lowest limbs and it needs to be addressed sooner rather than later for full healing. Contact the experts at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. for an appointment or more information and take care of your body before the problem has a chance to get worse. Visit the online contact page, or call either of our two office locations to reach us: (203) 876-7736 for the Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for the Hamden location.