Diseases and Deformities of the feet, ankle or lower legs can have an adverse effect and proper screenings can help determine the right treatment to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Why is it important to have Disease Screenings?
The sooner you become aware of a foot disorder or disease the better your chances of having success and increasing your chances of obtaining effective treatment. If we can catch this early it is possible to reduce the severity of the complications that affect your legs and feet.
At Advanced Foot Clinic we strongly recommend that you be screened if you develop symptoms that you believe could be a foot disorder or disease.
What types of Diseases and disorders affect my feet, ankles, and lower legs?
Medicine has identified many foot related diseases and disorders. Some of these disorders are specific to the foot, ankle, or lower leg while others are diseases that can affect the entire body, but at that same time can also can cause foot-related issues. These diseases and disorders than can have an impact on a patients foot health include:
Overview of disease screenings at Advanced Foot Clinic
There is no specific medical screening for all diseases and disorders. Various techniques are used to identify different issues; for example - Freiberg's Disease is typically found when an x-ray is taken for a different foot ailment.
Various disease screenings are used depending on the issue. These include:
Ankle-brachial index or ABI: A simple test that can be used to diagnose PAD or Peripheral Artery Disease. This can be performed in your doctor's office.
Rheumatoid arthritis screening: Rheumatoid arthritis or RA is typically diagnosed through a series of screenings and tests, including:
A patients medical history
Lab tests done by your doctor
Physical examination done by your doctor
Ruling out other medical possibilities such as Lyme disease, osteoarthritis, and viruses
Diabetes tests: These are done by various laboratory tests including fasting plasma glucose or FPG tests or tests for blood levels of glycated hemoglobin, and insulin resistance tests. All of these can be used to diagnose diabetes. Diabetic neuropathy can affect the nerve functioning in feet; therefore, it is important to tell your podiatrist if you are diabetic.
Gout screening: Diagnosing Gout can be done with blood tests and lab tests to analyze joint fluid.
Fibromyalgia testing: Other illnesses can be confused with Fibromyalgia including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, and Lyme disease, so ruling out these and other disorders have to be done. Things like imaging tests and nerve and muscle studies may help with this diagnosis.
Physical examinations can find other diseases and disorders when symptoms manifest themselves.
If you are concerned about any one of these disorders, or you find you are suffering from pain or discomfort in your feet, ankles, or lower legs, please contact Advanced Foot Clinic for a medical screening.