Lyme disease, often transmitted by ticks, can bring about various symptoms that affect the feet and other parts of the body. While fever, fatigue, and rashes may signal its presence, a definitive diagnosis requires careful consideration of symptoms and circumstances. If one has been in wooded or grassy areas during tick season, it is possible to contract Lyme disease. Lyme disease's early signs, such as fever, chills, headache, fatigue, and muscle pain, can mimic a severe cold. Knee swelling is common, and joint pain may migrate across the body. As the disease progresses, headaches, Bell's palsy, and joint pain can intensify, and rare complications like heart involvement or mental health issues may arise. Shooting pains, numbness, or tingling in the hands and feet may be felt. It is suggested that you manage pain and inflammation and focus on your overall well-being to aid in healing. If you suspect you have Lyme disease, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and effective management.
When dealing with systemic disease of the feet, it is extremely important to check the affected areas routinely so that any additional problems are caught quickly. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Darren Day, DPM from Hawaii. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric needs.
Systemic Diseases of the Feet
Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.
Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs to relieve pain and inflammation, and other drugs that lower the acid levels in the body.
Diabetes mellitus – is an increase in the level of blood sugar that the body cannot counteract with its own insulin. Failure to produce enough insulin is a factor in Diabetes.
Diabetes of the Feet
Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.
Peripheral Vascular Disease – can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet.