Access Lasting Relief for Continuous Foot Pain in Arizona
If you struggle with foot pain that’s not caused by a foot condition or injury, it’s likely caused by a nerve or vascular problem. At the private practice in Gilbert and Mesa, Arizona, Kirk Minkus, MD, determines the source of your foot pain and develops a personalized treatment plan that targets the problem and reduces the pain, thus restoring function. So, don’t let foot pain affect your overall health and wellness. Access comprehensive care for foot pain in Mesa and Gilbert, AZ, by calling the office near you or go online to schedule a consultation.
What Causes Foot Pain?
Foot pain is mainly linked to an extensive range of injuries, structural problems, and degenerative conditions. However, most people tend to overlook the two main problems associated with foot pain: vascular disease and diabetes. Once these conditions are left untreated, they put you at risk of developing adverse complications, such as non-healing infections and foot ulcers.
How Is Diabetes Associated with Foot Pain?
High blood sugar levels damage nerves throughout one’s body, but the issue is first noticeable on the feet. This particular medical condition, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, affects close to half of the persons living with diabetes.
Diabetic neuropathy results in foot pain. Some patients will describe the pain as a sharp or burning sensation. Sometimes, the pain is so extreme that the touch of one’s socks is unbearable. Other patients report experiencing leg tingling or pain.
What Vascular Problems Cause Foot Pain?
Issues in your leg arteries or veins might be the cause of your foot pain. Some of these conditions include:
Ø Artery Issues
The primary arterial issue associated with foot pain is peripheral arterial disease (PAD). This condition develops when fat accumulates, thus blocking blood flow in the arteries. The disrupted circulation affects tissues and nerves in one’s lower foot and leg, causing foot pain, which persists when at rest and eases while walking.
Ø Vein Issues
Chronic venous insufficiency happens when faulty valves inside the vein allow blood to go back down one’s leg instead of going up toward the heart. This causes blood to accumulate in the veins, resulting in varicose veins and hypertension in your lower leg, along with pain and swelling in the lower leg and foot. Even though it’s not common, varicose veins may also occur on your feet, resulting in severe foot pain.
How to Treat Foot Pain?
If diabetes is responsible for your foot pain, the practice’s internal medicine experts offer continuous diabetes management. The patient’s holistic care program incorporates patient education, including tracking glucose levels, prescription medications, and healthy dieting to maintain your blood sugar in check.
For those suffering from vascular conditions, they need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Minkus. He is highly experienced in minimally-invasive interventional radiology procedures that address PAD and venous disease. The customized treatment plan might include balloon angioplasty, stent placement, sclerotherapy, mechanical atherectomy, phlebectomy, endovenous laser ablation, laser atherectomy, and VenaSeal glue ablation. All these procedures are performed in-house using cutting-edge medical technologies.
In conclusion, seeking early medical attention for foot pain is crucial. Once nerve damage or impaired circulation is left untreated, ulcers develop on one’s feet, causing debilitating pain that’s difficult to heal. Often, these ulcers will result in complications such as bone and skin infections. To access lasting relief for your ongoing foot pain, call Kirk Minkus, MD, or go online to book an appointment today.