Foot pain can limit your ability to exercise and perform other normal activities. If you are suffering from foot pain, you may want to consider treatment at Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates. We offer foot pain treatment and other pain therapies to men and women in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, and Alpharetta.
What is Foot Pain?
Foot pain can occur for a number of reasons. It can develop as a result of reflex sympathetic dystrophy, or RSD. It can also develop as a result of back pain, especially in the lower back. Severe cases of lower back pain can spread through the legs and feet. Some forms of foot pain can be treated with epidural injections. We also offer the following treatments to help alleviate foot pain.
In some cases, foot pain can be a result of RSD, also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). This is an extremely painful disorder that may develop as a result of injury, surgery or disease. This chronic pain will cause unexplained, intense pain in the part of the body that has been injured, and may alter sensation or reduce motion. Many chronic pain syndromes, like RSD, are caused by up-regulation of NMDA receptors in the brain. Ketamine works as an NMDA receptor blocker, providing long-term pain relief. In chronic neuropathic pain syndromes, Ketamine can force the receptors to down-regulate, effectively resetting them to normal levels and alleviating pain. Ketamine infusion treatment is performed as an outpatient procedure, and may be performed over the course of 2 – 4 days.
Lumbar Sympathetic Block for Foot Pain
If you are experiencing foot pain as a result of back pain or injury, you may benefit from a lumbar sympathetic block. A lumbar sympathetic nerve block injection delivers local anesthetic into the “sympathetic nerve tissue.” The injection blocks the sympathetic nerves in order to reduce pain, swelling, color, and sweating in the lower extremities. It may also improve mobility. The injection, which takes only a few minutes, consists of a local anesthetic (like lidocaine or bupivacaine), Epinephrine (adrenaline), and steroids. If you experience pain relief after the first injection, we will recommend that you return for repeat injections. You may need as few as 2 – 4 or you may need more than 10, as the response to injections varies. The duration of relief should get longer after each injection.
Am I a Good Candidate for Treatment?
If you are experiencing foot pain as a result of injury, back pain, or back injury, you may be a good candidate for treatment. To find out if you are a good candidate for these treatments, schedule an appointment with our office. During your initial appointment, a doctor at Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates will review your medical history and complete a thorough exam to ensure that you are a good candidate.
If you suffer from foot pain, contact our office today to learn more about our treatments or schedule a consultation. At Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates, we offer pain management treatments to men and women living in Alpharetta, Atlanta, and Sandy Springs.