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RSD What cuses it? How do you get better?

Posted by Kristie on 9/23/04 at 09:00 (160375)

I had PF release surgery in May and was doing great. Now I have a lot of Heel pain; on the inside part of my heel and the back. I hate wearing a shoe/hate having anything touch my foot....mattress, blanket, ect. Someone mentioned it could be RSD.

What causes RSD? How do you test to see if you have it? What can I do you do to make it better? Why does their seem to be a correlation with PF release surgery and RSD?

Re: RSD What cuses it? How do you get better?

Ed Davis,DPM on 9/23/04 at 10:06 (160380)

Kristie:

The cause of RSD remains a mystery to the medical profession. It appears that something triggers the sympatetic nervous system to go out of whack, out of regulation in response to a stimulus. That stimilus can be a surgical event, an injury (sometimes even minor trauma).

RSD. AKA CRPS Type 1 (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome) shows itself as persisting pain, discoloration and swelling that is disproportionate to the degree of trauma.

Diagnosis is bit tricky but is often by observing the degree of symptomatology. Occasionally bone scans and MRI's provide clues.

Certainly, see a specialist, as it is not an easy diagnosis to amke but we feel that early intervention brings better results.
Ed

Re: For Doctor Ed Davis

Kristie on 9/23/04 at 15:04 (160398)

Thank you docotor. What specialized doctor should I go see?

Re: RSD What cuses it? How do you get better?

james m on 9/23/04 at 16:51 (160410)

my feet sweat all the time and the sweat is burning my feet

Re: For Doctor Ed Davis

Ed Davis, DPM on 9/24/04 at 22:06 (160462)

Kristie:
If the diagnosis was confirmed, a pain specialist would be appropriate. It sounds like you may be at the stage of a need for verification though so would recommend a podiatric physician as a first step.
Ed