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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
April 26, 2017
Category: Foot Health

You may be wondering why we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM are calling attention to National Alcohol Awareness month but overuse of alcohol can have serious consequences for the health of your feet. People who abuse alcohol over a period of time can develop peripheral neuropathy or nerve damage in their legs and feet which can become disabling. Too often patients are uncomfortable telling the foot doctor about an alcohol addiction due to shame and stigma associated with this disease but this can seriously impede proper diagnosis and treatment. The goal of Alcohol Awareness Month is to share information about this disease and to help those who suffer from it be able to get the help they need.

Alcoholism is a progressive disease that has a genetic predisposition. It is fatal if untreated. The good news is that treatment is available and it is estimated that over 20 million people in the U.S. are living in recovery. To learn more about symptoms, treatment and what you can do to help bring this message to your community, visit www.ncadd.org.

Nerve Damage in Your Feet

Neuropathy in your legs and feet can show itself in a number of different symptoms, including:

  • Burning , tingling or a prickly sensation
  • Numbness
  • Spasms or cramps in muscles
  • Muscle weakness or loss of muscle function
  • Movement disorders

If you are experiencing any of these conditions, our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will want to do a complete examination of your feet. It’s important that you be honest about your alcohol use with the foot. There are other causes of neuropathy as well as alcohol abuse and in order to develop an appropriate treatment plan, the foot doctor will need to accurately track down the cause of the nerve damage. There are several tests which can be done such as nerve biopsy, nerve conduction, electromyography and blood tests. Once the source of the neuropathy has been confirmed, the foot doctor will advise you on treatment. Options may include:

  • Pain relievers
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Physical therapy
  • Orthotic devices
  • Magnetic therapy
  • Galvanic stimulation

If you have concerns about nerve damage in your feet, please contact our Washington office for an appointment by calling: (724) 225- 7410.

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