A Korean subcontractor with the surname “Yoon” developed a nerve condition in his feet and hands after they were exposed to hydrofluoric acid while he was working at a Samsung semiconductor plant in May of 2012. He attempted to get a subsidy for his disorder, but the government wouldn’t grant it to him on the grounds that his limbs showed no external damage.
Yoon appealed his case to the Seoul Administrative Court and won his worker’s compensation. When explaining his decision, the judge cited the fact that hydrofluoric acid often affects the inside of the body as opposed to the outside, and also pointed to traces of the toxic waste in Yoon’s shoes as further justification of his claims.
Nerve disorders in the feet can affect one’s ability to work, enjoy hobbies, and even complete everyday tasks. If you think you might have a nerve disorder, contact podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Tedesco can identify the cause of your condition and provide you with expert foot care.
Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle
There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.
Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.
There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that is less common than Interdigital Neuroma. It only seems to affect patients who have severe ankle pain which begins in the bottom of the foot extending all the way to the calf.
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