With all the excitement over the ongoing Sochi Olympics, the NBA all-star weekend was easy to overlook, but some interesting foot news surrounded the event, so I’d like to revisit the game for a minute, if you’ll let me.
Leading up to the East vs. West game on Sunday, there was a lot of ‘will he or won’t he play’ drama surrounding Miami Heat all-star Dwayne Wade. It was unclear whether he would be able to participate in the festivities because he was suffering from a condition known as ‘drop foot,’ which left him without feeling in his lower leg and foot.
Drop foot (or foot drop) is a relatively obscure condition, characterized by a loss of sensation and an inability to lift the front part of the foot. Foot drop can develop for a number of different reasons, but one of the more likely causes is nerve damage. The condition can be treated in a variety of ways, including braces, custom orthotics, physical therapy and, in some cases, surgery.
While drop foot is a rare condition, I see patients experiencing loss of sensation in their feet due to nerve damage on a daily basis. Typically, these patients are diabetics who have developed peripheral neuropathy, which can cause painful tingling and decreased blood flow in addition to loss of sensation.
Regardless of the cause of the problem, losing feeling in your feet can be very scary, not to mention debilitating. In my Houston podiatrist practice, I offer several different treatment options to help diabetics minimize or reverse the effects of peripheral neuropathy. If, like Dwayne Wade, you are experiencing the discomfort of decreased sensation in your feet, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider immediately. You don’t have to live with this pain for another day!