Alcoholic Neuropathy and Feet

In 2017, a survey revealed that more than 85% of Americans over 18 had enjoyed some form of alcohol – perhaps beer, wine, or a mixed drink – over the prior twelve months. Unfortunately, other data suggests as many as one in 20 of those men and women lives with an alcohol problem. Their drinking is out of control and is having adverse effects on their lives. Some people experience fractured relationships, employment troubles, or even financial difficulty. Many suffer from poor nutrition. Others manage to function but experience alcohol-related health issues. Still, others find themselves in danger because of their choices while drunk, such as having unprotected sex or driving while impaired.

Chronic alcohol abuse can cause damage to health in a myriad of ways. It is a known contributor to numerous illnesses such as high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes, to name only a few. Alcohol also poses risks to foot health. Alcohol-related falls can lead to foot and ankle injuries, including sprained ankles and broken bones. Many people fall prey to alcoholic neuropathy, a particular kind of nerve damage common among heavy drinkers. Common in the feet and the hands, alcoholic neuropathy is characterized by numbness, loss of sensation, tingling, pain, weakness, and limited mobility.

A skilled podiatrist like Cook County foot doctor Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos is a medical expert with years of training and experience. Your podiatrist is well-able to diagnose and treat alcoholic neuropathy and all other illnesses of an injury to the feet, ankles, and lower legs. Suppose your foot doctor determines that alcoholic neuropathy is the source of your discomfort. In that case, they will work with you to create a treatment plan that might include any or all the following, along with a referral for help with the underlying alcohol addiction:

If you are worried about alcoholic neuropathy, or if you have any other concerns about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, it’s time to visit the modern, comfortable My Chicago Foot Expert office in Ravenswood today. Call our friendly, professional staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment with podiatrist Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, today.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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