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Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder involves peripheral neuropathy or pain and numbness caused by nerves. Hands and feet are affected. It is estimated that 2.5 million Americans suffer from this disorder. It is estimated that at least 60 percent of CMT cases are Type 1 and signs can include hammertoes and high arches. Hand weaknesses typically begin years after issues with the legs and feet begin.

Serena Clarkson of Hartford was diagnosed with CMT 18 months ago. As a result of the disorder she wears an ankle-foot-orthotic and had to undergo six surgeries in her right leg over the course of a single day. “Even with the AFO I’m up to 2,249 feet a day and that’s it,” said Clarkson. “That’s all I can walk. I have an ankle stabilizer I wear on the left leg, and I’m pending surgery on that one.”
CMT is just one of many nerve disorders that can affect the feet and ankles, including neuroma, neuropathy, and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. If you are suffering from a loss of feeling in your feet or ankles, it is highly recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist, like Dr. James Ricketti of New Jersey. Dr. Ricketti will be able to examine the causes of your lost feeling to determine if it is any one of the previously mentioned nerve disorders, and then they will be able to provide the appropriate treatment options for you.

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.

EMG tests are often provided to diagnose Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. If a patient shows signs of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrom, an MRI will be used to see the compression of the nerve. As always, if symptoms do persist, surgery may be required.

If you have any questions, please contact our office, which is located Hamilton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot complications.

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