A father and former chef named Robert McKechine has been diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome, a rare neurological condition that causes the muscles in the face, arms, and lower legs to gradually freeze up to the point of immobility.
It all started when McKechine developed symptoms reminiscent of the flu in July of 2012. However, subsequent trips to the doctor revealed that he actually had Stiff Person Syndrome, which infects the body through abnormal antibodies. These antibodies then act as catalysts for an autoimmune reaction. “But I’m starting to fall over now,” McKechine said. “I get up and my feet and legs feel numb and I can’t walk.”
Neurological disorders of the foot and ankle can be very complicated. If you have a nerve condition in your lower extremities, take some time to speak to podiatrist Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can identify the source of your discomfort and provide you with a wide array of treatment options.
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.
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