Problems with the feet can indicate serious health conditions in different parts of the body. Muscle spasms, also known as “charley horses,” in the feet may indicate that you are dehydrated. If a spasm occurs while walking, it may be a sign of a circulatory issue. Gout, a form of arthritis, can cause the joints in the foot to become painful. Gout occurs when uric acid crystals build up in the joints and is especially common in the feet. Additionally, it can increase the risk of kidney stones. Cold feet may indicate anemia, poor circulation, or diabetes. Swollen feet may be a sign of serious issues like poor circulation, deep vein thrombosis, or a blood clot. Concave or yellow toenails may be indicative of nutritional deficiencies or an infection. Treatments vary, and may include rest, wearing shoe inserts, or taking proper nutritional supplements for minor issues. Contact your podiatrist if you feel pain in the feet.
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 Dr. Jeff Pawlowski from Red Mountain Footcare. Our doctor 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 office located in Mesa, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.