If you have ledderhose disease, then it is hard to live a normal life. It is difficult to stand and walk. This disease causes the connective tissue in the sole of your feet to thicken. It is called dupuytren's contracture when this condition occurs in your hand.
When the tissues thicken, it causes lumps to form on the back of your feet. It is like walking on rocks. Ledderhose disease is a permanent and progressive disease. If left untreated, it is can cause persistent pain and disability. Read on to find out how to treat ledderhose disease with radiotherapy:
What Groups Are Affected By This Disease?
Ledderhose disease usually affects the elderly and middle age people. It can occur in both sexes, but 10 times more likely in men. People who have chronic liver disease, long-term alcohol consumption, epilepsy, and diabetes are at risk for ledderhose disease.
What Is Radiotherapy?
Radiotherapy is a cancer treatment but can be used for this condition. This treatment uses high-energy x-rays to destroy cells in the infected area. It is best when used in the early stages of your disease.
How Does It Work?
The lumps that grow on the back of your feet are dependent on cell growth. Radiation works best when the lumps are still growing. At this stage, the lumps are most sensitive to radiotherapy. Radiation controls the development of the cells. It slows down the development of new cells. This results in slowing down the progression of ledderhose disease.
This treatment shrinks the lumps, but they do not completely disappear. However, your pain is greatly reduced.
What Are The Side Effects?
Radiotherapy is a painless nonsurgical procedure, but you can experience some side effects. Certain areas are targeted with radiotherapy. You should expect dry skin, mild redness, and soreness in the treated area. In some cases, the skin may swell, weep or crack in the area. There is also the chance of feeling tired after having the procedure done. It helps to talk to your doctor about the side effects during the consultation phase.
This disease can take a physical and emotional toll on your body. Some days you may feel like giving up. It helps to talk to people going through the same thing. You can find support by joining a dupuytren support group. It may take going through several treatments of radiotherapy before seeing a change. Your doctor can help with choosing the right treatment plan for your condition.
Contact a group like Dupuytren's Disease Support Group for more information and assistance.