Erythromelalgia is a genetic condition characterized by recurrent bouts of pain, redness, and swelling, primarily in the hands and feet. These episodes are frequently triggered by elevated body temperature, which can result from activities like exercising or being in a warm environment. Consumption of alcohol or spicy foods can also provoke these painful episodes. Oddly enough, even wearing warm socks or tight shoes can induce debilitating foot pain, hindering daily activities like walking, wearing shoes, or functioning normally. The signs and symptoms of erythromelalgia in the feet typically emerge during childhood, although some mildly affected individuals may experience their initial episode later in life. As the condition progresses with age, the redness and discomfort may become chronic, extending from the feet to the entire legs. Erythromelalgia is often classified as a type of peripheral neuropathy, impacting the peripheral nervous system. This system links the brain and spinal cord to muscles and sensory receptors responsible for detecting sensations such as touch and pain. If you think you might have erythromelalgia or any type of foot pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Suncoast Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Bone Spurs
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Ingrown Toenails
- Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
- Flat Feet
- Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
- And more
To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.
Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Ocala, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.