New research will create greater understanding of the underlying molecular mechanisms of peripheral neuropathy and hopefully lead to new treatments, Medical News Today reports. The new discovery involves the activity of the brain’s anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), thought to be the area often involved in pain processing. In peripheral neuropathy, the damaged nerve fibers have a heightened response to normal singers and send incorrect messages to pain centers in the brain. In diabetic neuropathy, one of the most common forms of peripheral neuropathy, pain often begins in the feet before moving up the legs.

Nerve disorders of the feet and ankles can become very cumbersome. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.

There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that is less common than Interdigital Neuroma. It only seems to affect patients who have severe ankle pain which begins in the bottom of the foot extending all the way to the calf.  In other instances one may encounter partial numbness and atrophy if the cases are extreme.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Illinois. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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