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The Feet and Overall Health

Tuesday, 16 January 2024 00:00

The feet play a fundamental role in your overall well-being. These remarkable structures serve as the foundation for your daily activities, supporting the entire body's weight and facilitating movement. Beyond their mechanical function, the condition of your feet can be indicative of broader health concerns. Issues such as changes in skin color or texture, persistent swelling, or numbness may signal circulatory problems or nerve issues. Moreover, the feet can harbor early signs of systemic conditions like diabetes, where neuropathy may manifest. Regular foot examinations, attentive care, and proper footwear not only promote foot health but may also contribute to the prevention and early detection of potential health issues. If you are experiencing foot conditions or notice changes in your feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for guidance.

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 Genine Befumo, DPM from University Foot and Ankle Center, L.L.C. 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 Monroe Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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