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A pain in the foot : Neuropathy and new treatments

Our feet, often taken for granted, play a crucial role in our daily lives. From providing support to facilitating movement, the intricate network of nerves in our feet ensures that we maintain balance and stability. However, for some individuals, nerve-related issues in the feet can lead to discomfort and even chronic pain.

Understanding Foot Nerves:

The human foot contains a complex web of nerves responsible for transmitting signals between the brain and the various muscles, skin, and joints in the feet. These nerves play a vital role in detecting sensations such as touch, temperature, and pain. Nerve-related problems in the feet can manifest in conditions like neuropathy, where the nerves may be damaged, leading to tingling, numbness, or pain.

Innovative Treatments:

  1. Neuromodulation Techniques: Recent advancements in neuromodulation techniques have shown promise in alleviating nerve-related foot issues. This involves the use of electrical or chemical stimuli to modulate nerve activity, providing relief from pain and discomfort. Pandit Foot and Ankle Clinic is one of very few clinics in Illinois that have CET ( Combined Electrochemial Therapy.  Thus pain free treatment has given over 800 patients over 90 percent pan relief from neuropathy. 

  2. Regenerative Therapies: Stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are gaining attention as potential treatments for nerve damage in the feet. These regenerative therapies aim to stimulate the body's natural healing processes, promoting the repair of damaged nerves and tissues. While research is ongoing, early results suggest that these treatments may hold the key to restoring nerve function and reducing pain.
  3. Virtual Reality (VR) Rehabilitation: Virtual reality is not just for entertainment; it's also finding applications in rehabilitation. In the context of foot nerve issues, VR can be used to create immersive environments that aid in sensory retraining. By engaging patients in virtual scenarios that stimulate various sensations, VR rehabilitation helps rewire the brain and improve nerve function.

  4. Customized Orthotics and Wearable Devices: Technological advancements have enabled the development of smart insoles and wearable devices designed to monitor and address foot nerve issues. These devices can provide real-time feedback on gait, pressure distribution, and other factors that impact nerve health. Customized orthotics, incorporating sensors and adaptive technologies, offer personalized solutions for individuals with specific foot nerve concerns.

Contact us for help in your neuropathy and foot pain !

Bela Pandit, DPM FACFAS

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