New 3D Technology can fight Nerve Conditions

By contactus@mid-michiganfootandankle.com
November 23, 2015
Category: Foot Conditions

New 3D technology could be used to combat nerve conditions and diseases by allowing better visibility into a patient’s nervous system and give doctors the ability to find the root of the problem. Doctors use structured light scanning to create a 3D map of the nervous system to allow them to place replica, hollow nerves in place of the damaged ones, ideally leading to nerve repair. “Someday, we hope that we could have a 3-D scanner and printer right at the hospital to create custom nerve guides right on site to restore nerve function,” said Michael McAlpine, the lead author of the study and an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota.

Aside from neuropathy and paresthesia, several nerve complications can ail the feet. For assistance with a nerve disorder in your lower extremities, visit Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen can provide you with a specific diagnosis and work with you to alleviate your symptoms.

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.

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Saginaw and Essexville, MI. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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