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Erythromelalgia Is a Rare Foot Condition

Tuesday, 12 July 2022 00:00

A relatively rare foot condition known as erythromelalgia (EM) can cause severe burning and redness on the feet. It generally affects women more than men, and approximately one out of 100,000 Americans are affected annually. Some of the symptoms associated with this condition include swelling, a shooting pain sensation in the feet, and severe achiness. Some of these symptoms can be debilitating and can affect both feet. This condition may start with itchy feet and gradually advance to burning pain. Some of these attacks may be triggered by physical exercise, sweating, and excessive heat. Research has indicated that erythromelalgia is more common among children, teenagers, and patients who have autoimmune disorders, who may be at an increased risk for developing this rare ailment. In many cases, there is no actual cure, and podiatrists will concentrate on relieving the symptoms, which may include prescription medicines. If you have any sign of erythromelalgia, please speak with a podiatrist as quickly as possible for help in managing this condition. 

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Arbor - Ypsi Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Rare Foot Conditions

The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist.  Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care. 

There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:

  • Freiberg’s disease
  • Kohler’s disease
  • Maffucci syndrome

Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp. 

Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.

Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking. 

A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Ann Arbor, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.
 

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