Nerve Disorders

Virginia Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates

Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Charlottesville, VA & Culpeper, VA

Your nervous system is incredibly complex, and an injury or problem in one area can lead to peripheral issues in both sensation and function. As foot specialists, Melissa L. Gulosh, DPM, and Joseph R. Disabato, DPM, help patients at Virginia Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates overcome nerve disorders that create pain or hamper their mobility. To learn more, call one of the two locations in Charlottesville or Culpeper, Virginia, or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

Nerve Disorders Q & A

What are the main types of nerve disorders?

Given the complexity and range of your nervous system, there are many disorders that can lead to functional problems and pain, including:

Compression neuropathy

When a nerve is compressed, you can feel the effects in distant areas, which is especially true of your feet. For example, if the peroneal nerve in your leg has impinged, it can lead to problems in your foot. Nerve compression is often caused by repetitive injuries or pre-existing medical conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, or obesity.

Nerve injuries

If you sustain an acute injury to an area, such as a fractured or badly sprained ankle, it can lead to a nerve disorder. As well, surgery can also damage your peripheral nerves, which leads to snowballing problems down the nerve’s line of influence.

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)

If you’ve had pain in your feet for six months or longer, it may stem from complex regional pain syndrome. CRPS typically develops after an injury, and it affects the messaging between your nerves and your brain. But CRPS can also come on for no known reason, meaning there was no precipitating injury.

 

What are the signs of a nerve disorder?

There are many signs that something may not be right with your nerves, including:

  • A burning sensation in your feet
  • Pins and needles
  • Weakness
  • Inflammation
  • Extreme sensitivity
  • Tenderness in your feet
  • Problems with coordination or balance

Because your nerves control both sensation and function, symptoms of a nerve disorder can affect both of those areas.

 

How are nerve disorders treated?

There’s no single answer to this question because it depends entirely upon the nature of your nerve disorder. To start, your foot specialist at Virginia Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates conducts an extensive diagnostic assessment of your problem. They may turn to advanced imaging or nerve conduction studies to locate the source of your nerve disorder. As well, they review your current and past medical history to look for clues.

Once they narrow down their diagnosis, they work with you to find a solution for your problems. Again, it’s difficult to say what your particular treatment might look like but, rest assured, the team at Virginia Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates has the experience and expertise necessary to address most nerve disorders that are affecting your lower extremities.

For expert treatment of your nerve disorder, call Virginia Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.