NBA Player Contends with Nerve Disorder in Feet

NBA Player Contends with Nerve Disorder in Feet

Dwayne WadeDwayne Wade has been contending with a nerve problem in his foot known as “foot drop.” Wade states that he was warming up when he first started feeling numbness in his foot. Wade took his concern to his trainers, who determined that he had muscle paralysis, one of the characteristics of foot drop.  “When I was out there and moved around and warmed up, I felt I couldn’t feel my foot,” he said. “So I didn’t want to do anything.” It is uncertain whether Wade will participate in the NBA All-Star game as a result.

Anyone can be affected by nerve disorders in the feet and ankles. If you feel you may have a nerve disorder, see podiatrist Dr. Donald C. Stran, DPM of Houston Foot and Ankle. Dr. Stran can treat your foot and ankle needs.

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.

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.

EMG tests are often provided to diagnose Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. If a patient shows signs of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrom, an MRI will be used to see the compression of the nerve.

If you have any questions, contact one of our offices located in Friendswood, TX; Missouri City, TX; and Lake Jackson, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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