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Tingling toes – Cairns Podiatrist Diagnosis and Treatment

Friday, October 29th, 2021

What causes tingling toes?

Symptoms such as tingling, numbness and burning are a common presentation in our Cairns Podiatry clinics. There can be a number of different causes and contributing factors that go along with these symptoms. Forefoot nerve impingement treatment Cairns is available at each of the FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics clinics.

Causes of tingling forefeet include:

  • Lumbar radiculopathy
    • Lower back and hip symptoms which radiate down the back of the thigh into the lower leg.
    • Generally a result of compression of the nerve roots as they come out of the spine
    • Symptoms generally come and go and cna come on as tingling, burning or even numbness
    • Often comes on with radicular pain, which is pain that originates from the lower back and travels down the nerve
    • Causes often include joint degeneration of the spine, bulging discs, Scoliosis or Lordosis 
  • Diabetes
    • Long term poor control of blood sugars can affect the way the nerves send messages back to your brain
    • This is called Diabetic peripheral neuropathy 
    • Peripheral neuropathy can cause a lack of sensation (blunt feeling) tingling, complete numbness and even burning
  • Other causes
    • Other common causes of tingling toes include:
      • Multiple sclerosis; a central nervous system disease that causes the immune system to attack the protective covering on nerves
      • Hypothyroidism; a condition in which your thyroid is underactive and can’t produce enough thyroid hormone to support your body’s needs
      • Kidney failure; which means your kidneys don’t filter the blood to the nerves adequately
      • Chronic alcoholism; the high blood alcohol levels damage the peripheral nerves
      • Pregnancy; as the uterus grows pressure can be placed on nerve pathways 

There are a number of reasons for tingling in the feet. If you are experiencing tingling or any sensation change in your feet we recommend talking to your Cairns podiatrist. Our clinics provide effective diagnosis and treatment of forefoot tingling Cairns for a range of patients. So, if you are concerned that you have any of the above symptoms or conditions, please call FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics on 4045 5749 today and we will get you on the road to recovery.

 

Achilles Tendinopathy Cairns Treatment: A real pain in the heel

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

Achilles tendinopathy Cairns treatment is available at FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics. Achilles tendinopathy is a common overuse injury that we see here at FNQ Podiatry & Orthotics. It is often due to a sudden increase in exercise or a change in training technique

Common Cairns Achilles tendinopathy symptoms include; pain directly on the back of the heel, stiffness and pain first thing in the morning or just after rest and in some cases, some swelling may be seen around the area.

We are currently seeing an influx patient’s experiencing Achilles tendinopathy due to new exercise regimes. Here is a 5-step simple guide to help settle your pain and help you return to exercise.

5 step guide to Cairns Achilles tendinopathy treatment and reducing the pain at the back of your heel.

1. Rest

  • As tendinopathy is an overuse injury, moderated rest can be the best thing for it in the short-term
  • Moderated rest focuses on activity modification rather than complete rest.. e.g avoid hill running or sprint training and focus on strength work, cycling or low intensity runs but with increased frequency. E.g. rather than doing one long 10-20km run/week, do 2-3x 5kms runs/week

2. Ice packs

  • Grab some frozen peas or some Ice cubes from the freezer and wrap it in a tea towel and apply directly to the site.
  • Application can lead to suppressing the associated inflammation.
  • It is essential to not apply for a long period of time as this can cause more harm than good! We recommend 5-10 minutes. Repeat at least 3x daily for the first week.

3. Footwear

  • It is important to avoid causing more tension throughout the Achilles. The most common mistake people have when rehabilitating an Achilles injury is being barefoot or in flat thongs around home!
  • We recommend wearing a pair of joggers as they have a slight heel inbuilt. This shortens the Achilles length taking unwanted tension and pain away from your heel. Ladies, if possible, wear a 2-3cm wedge around the house, particularly first thing in the morning – this will make an immediate difference

4. Warm up before getting up!

  • First step pain when you wake up in the morning is by far the most common symptom of achilles tendinopathy
  • To reduce the severity of the first step pain, we recommend using a towel to pull your toes back towards you while laying in bed. Hold the stretch for 20 seconds and repeat 3x.

5. Strengthen the Achilles

  • It is important to strengthen the Achilles to allow it to function in day-to-day life. If we return to activity without proper rehabilitation it can cause further injury and set you back even further.
  • The first exercise  we recommend is calf hold. This is done by going onto your tip-toes (80% of maximum height off the ground) and holding for thirty seconds. Do this 3x in the morning, 3x at lunch and 3x in the evening. If the pain is too much, reduce the load by doing seated calf raises.

If you are still having issues with pain at the back of your heel, give us a call and we will be happy to help!

Our Cairns Achilles tendinopathy treatment options are largely tailored around addressing your individual risk factors with options including exercise programs, custom foot orthotics, dry needling/massage, taping and shockwave. If you are currently isolated at home, we offer telehealth services for those that cannot attend physical appointments and give you our expert advice on how to settle pain quickly and get you back doing what you love.

We are open and taking appointments. Call our friendly team on 40 455 749 or book online at www.fnqpodiatry.com.au