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Erythromelalgia and the Feet

Erythromelalgia, or EM, can affect the feet. It is considered to be a rare foot condition, and common symptoms are redness, burning, and the skin can feel warm. There are two categories of erythromelalgia, consisting of primary and secondary. The former type may be associated with family history and can be more prevalent among children. The above symptoms can become debilitating and will generally affect both feet. The latter classification may be linked to autoimmune diseases or conditions that affect the blood and bone marrow and can be more common among adults. Research has shown that erythromelalgia may be linked to heavy metal poisoning, which may happen if exposed to air or water pollution, lead-based paints, or specific types of medication. There is no cure for this foot condition, but relief may be found by treating the symptoms. This can include taking aspirin, antihistamines, or other kinds of medicine. If you have symptoms of EM, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help offer relief options that are correct for you.

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Mercer Ocean Podiatry. 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 offices located in Hamilton, Toms River, and Plainsboro Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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