Is Your Foot Pain Getting On Your Nerves?
Do you have numbness, burning, tingling, shooting, cramping or tightness in your foot or lower leg? You may be suffering from a nerve problem. Dr. Viedra Elison specializes in nerve issues and is a part of the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons. In her spare time, she teaches other doctors about nerve problems in the feet, as well as how they can help their patients.
Common nerve issues we treat in our Surprise, Arizona podiatry office include:
- Nerve Entrapments. Nerve entrapments are also known as pinched nerves and will frequently cause burning pain, shooting or sensitivity on the top of the foot. They can be caused by different kinds of trauma to the foot or repetitive compression, like wearing shoes that are too tight.
- Peripheral Neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is not just nerve pain; it is an actual disease. There are a variety of causes, but diabetes is a very common trigger. Peripheral neuropathy refers to the conditions that result when nerves that connect to the brain or spinal cord are damaged. This damage interrupts communication between the brain and other parts of the body, which leads to the strange or painful feelings in your feet.
- Nerve Injury. Our feet take a beating and really anything repetitive or traumatic can injure a nerve in your foot. If you are in pain or having odd sensations in your feet, it's best to consult an experienced Arizona podiatrist for their professional opinion.
Nerve Testing at Fixing Feet Institute
When you schedule an appointment with us and we suspect that you may be suffering from some type of nerve problem, we will probably conduct nerve testing. Nerve conduction velocities (NCV) is a test that shows how well your nerves are conducting electricity. It is very useful in diagnosing degenerative nerve diseases, also known as peripheral neuropathy. It may also be useful in diagnosing pinched nerves in the leg or foot.
This test is very tolerable and takes about an hour to perform. It can be performing at the Fixing Feet Institute office in Surprise by a trained technician. An independent doctor who specializes in this field of medicine reviews the results.
In some situations, you may need an electromyogram (EMG), which shows how the nerves going to your muscles are working. This test is usually helpful in advanced cases of nerve degeneration and it is only performed by a trained doctor.
If you believe that you are suffering from nerve problems and you would like to make an appointment, call us at 623-584-5556. You are also welcome to e-mail us for an appointment at [email protected].