Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a relatively common neurological problem that does affect the foot.

Most Useful Resources:
Multiple Sclerosis (Podiatry Arena)
Multiple Sclerosis (PodiaPaedia)
Multiple Sclerosis (Foot Health Forum)
Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis & Management (Podiatry Apps)

Burning Feet

The symptoms of a burning foot or feet are almost always due to some underlying neurological problem. The treatment options are often limited and the problem can be quite distressing.

Most Useful Resources:
Burning Feet (Foot Health Forum)
Burning feet (Podiatry Arena)
Reasons for burning feet (Podiatry Arena)
Burning Feet (PodiaPaedia)
Burning foot (ePodiatry)
De Agony of De Burning Feet (Foot Health Friday)
Burning Feet (Podiatry Ninja)

Baxters Nerve Entrapment

Baxter nerve entrapment is a cause of heel pain with the symptoms often mimicking plantar fasciitis and should be conisdered in any case of heel pain the has a neurological component to it.

Most Useful Resources:
Baxters Nerve Entrapment (PodiaPaedia)
Baxter’s Neuritis (Medial Calcaneal Nerve Neuritis) (Podiatry Arena)
Baxter’s neuropathy secondary to plantar fasciitis (Podiatry Arena)
Baxters Nerve Entrapment (Podiatry TV)
Baxters nerve or plantar fasciitis? (Podiatry Experts)
Baxters Nerve Entrapment (Foot Health Forum)

Gabapentin

Gabapentin’s connection to podiatry is that it can be used to treat chronic regional pain syndrome and restless leg syndrome which is common among patients seen in podiatry clinical practice. It is mainly used to treat epilepsy, but its use in conditions such as restless leg syndrome and other has increased over time due to clinical experience in its use.

Most Useful Resources:
Gabapentin (PodiaPaedia)
NEURONTIN Prescribing Information (Pfizer)
Gabapentin (Wikipedia)

Restiffic Foot Wrap for Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless legs syndrome is a common and extremely annoying problem. No one treatment works for each person, so often it is a trial and error to find the most useful treatment. There are many different drug options, including gabapentin, but each drug only seems to a small percentage of those with restless legs syndrome. There has been some recent discussion on the use of the Restiffic foot wrap, but it has not yet come to market. It appears to be a wrap that tight binds the foot. Those with Restless legs syndrome are always searching for cures as it has a significant affect on sleep quality and on their quality of life.

Most Useful Resources:
RESTIFFIC™ Foot Wrap (PodiaPaedia)
The Restiffic Foot Wrap for Restless Legs Syndrome (Podiatry Arena)
Restiffic Foot Wrap for Restless Legs Syndrome (Its a Foot)

Gowers Sign

Gowers Sign is an indicator of several neurological problems such as Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy. It is due to the weakness of the proximal muscles. The child as to raise from the ground from a supine position and use the hands to climb up the legs.

Most Useful Resources:
Gowers’ Sign (PodiaPaedia)
Gower Sign (Podiatry FAQ)
Gowers Sign (Podiatry TV)

The Ipswich Touch Test

The Ipswich Touch Test is a quick and sensitive test for diabetic neuropathy. The test is done by lightly touching the ends of the first, third and fifth toes of both feet (with a total of six toes) with the clinicians index finger for 1-2 seconds. They are asked to identify when the toe is touched. A reduced foot sensation using this test is generally considered when there being ≥ 2 areas that have lost sensation.

Most Useful Resources:
The Ipswich Touch Test for diabetic neuropathy (Podiatry Arena)
Ipswich Touch Test (PodiaPaedia)