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Pooler, GA   31322

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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
April 25, 2018
Category: Foot Care

A sensitive subject that can be difficult for patients to discuss is alcohol abuse and addiction. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we have extra concerns about this particular issue because it can pose a serious medical threat to your feet and lower extremities.

What’s the Connection?

One of the unfortunate consequences of chronic alcohol abuse is alcoholic neuropathy. The ethanol in alcohol damages the nerve tissue in the body. This can be compounded by poor nutrition, another condition frequently associated with alcoholism. The result is pain, weakness, tingling, numbness, or loss of sensation in your feet. This damage can become permanent if left untreated. Loss of feeling in your feet makes it difficult to detect wounds and injuries. These can become infected and difficult to heal, especially if there are any issues with circulation.

Treatment

There are several treatment options available that can help relieve uncomfortable symptoms of alcoholic neuropathy and even help restore sensation and heal nerve damage. The first step, however, is treating the alcoholism. We urge any patients who are struggling with this disease to feel confident in talking to our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, about this problem. Our foot doctor will keep all information confidential and can direct you to resources and the help you need to overcome the addiction.

Taking Safe Steps

To best ensure that no harm comes to your feet from the neuropathy, it’s suggested that you follow these precautions:

  • Don’t go barefoot. Even when you are walking around in your own home it’s best to wear shoes. Sharp objects such as thumbtacks or straight pins can cause a wound that you may not even feel and lead to a serious infection. Injuries are also more likely to occur such as stubbing your toe on a piece of furniture. In addition, keeping feet covered will prevent them from coming in contact with bacterial and fungal infections which can also lead to open sores on your feet.
  • Test water temperature with your hand or elbow or ask someone else to check it for you. Also, avoid using electric blankets or space heaters near your feet—you may not be able to gauge how hot they are and end up burning your feet.
  • Periodically run your hand around the inside of your shoes to make sure there are no rough patches or loose stitching that can cause blisters.
  • Get in the habit of inspecting your feet on a daily basis. If you spot cuts, redness, swelling, or other unusual symptoms, contact our Pooler, Georgia office immediately by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.

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