Nicksâ€™ Foot Problems Caused by Nerve Damage
NFL player Carl Nickshas reportedly been left with nerve damagein his left foot after having two surgical procedures done on it in the past two years. He’s currently two years into a five year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but has only been able to play in nine games because of his condition. Though he’s trying his best to recover, he’s not sure that his foot will ever totally heal.
“I can still squat and lunge, do all those things,” Nicks said. “It's just the quick stuff, the power cleans, the quick agility stuff, pushing off and getting banged back. Those kinds of things I still struggle with.”
Nerve disorders can be very painful and often require professional medical attention to heal properly. If you are struggling with nerve damage in your foot or ankle, speak with podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M., of the Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will assist you in treating your pain and help to get you the quality care you deserve.
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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