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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Alcohol Abuse Can Harm Your Feet | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT
Daniel Phan, D.P.M.

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Alcohol Abuse Can Harm Your Feet

Alcohol Abuse Can Harm Your Feet

Did you know that 1 in 12 people suffer from alcohol use disorder or alcohol dependence? April is Alcohol Awareness Month and we at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care want to take this opportunity to talk about the effects that alcohol abuse can have on your feet. People who have been heavy alcohol consumers for a number of years can develop alcoholic neuropathy due to toxins that build up in the body and nutritional deficiencies often associated with alcoholism. Although common in alcohol users, this condition is often not readily recognized.

Symptoms of Neuropathy

Neuropathy is another word for nerve damage. It can have other underlying causes besides alcoholism. One of the ones we treat most frequently is as a condition associated with diabetes. The symptoms of neuropathy in your feet, however, are similar regardless of the root source. They include:

  • Pain, burning, tingling or other unusual feelings in your feet and toes
  • Decrease in sensation and the ability to feel pain, extreme heat or cold
  • General feeling of weakness in your feet and ankles

A Progressive Problem

Numbness and the decreased ability to perceive pain and normal sensations in the feet can lead to a number of serious issues.

  • Injuries—numerous bumps, cuts and bruises may occur because a person with neuropathy hits their foot and stubs their toes often. Being unable to properly perceive your foot in space and lack of pain sensations mean repeated injuries.
  • Falls—lack of ability to feel your feet leads to a loss of balance and an increased number of trips and falls.
  • Infection—because pain has to be worse before patients with neuropathy really notice it, infection is more likely to set in. Wounds are not covered or protected, giving easy access to bacteria.

  • If you notice any changes in your ability to perceive sensation in your feet or experience unusual tingling or other sensations in your feet, contact our Aberdeen office by calling: 732-566-2841. Our podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin and Dr. Jessica A. Addeo, will examine your feet and determine if neuropathy is present. Don’t let a problem with alcohol prevent you from bringing this issue to the podiatrist. Help is available. To learn more, visit the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence at https://www.ncadd.org/.

Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Alcohol Abuse Can Harm Your Feet, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen