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Krabbe Disease and the Feet

Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Krabbe disease is a rare, inherited disorder that affects the nervous system, including the feet. It is caused by a deficiency of a specific enzyme that leads to the accumulation of harmful substances in the brain and other tissues. This disease often manifests in infancy but can also appear later in life. Symptoms affecting the feet include muscle weakness, stiffness, and spasticity, which can result in difficulty walking or maintaining balance. Sensory loss and neuropathy, characterized by numbness or tingling, may also occur. Treatment primarily focuses on managing symptoms and slowing disease progression. Supportive care is important for maintaining mobility and comfort. Given the complexity and potential impact on foot health, if you have Krabbe disease, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help manage symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact Massimo Pietrantoni, DPM of Rochester Podiatry, LLP. Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in Brighton and Greece of Rochester, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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