Posted by: dermatome | 2008/12/05


What is a dermatome? How can it cause burning feet? And how does one cure it?

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Hi there 'dermatome'

A dermatome is defined as an area of skin innervated by the branches of a single spinal nerve. Dermatomes are represented as distinct areas on a dermatome map, but in reality their distribution is much more complex as there is considerable overlap between dermatomes (about 50%).

Basicallly what this means is that exiting off the spinal cord, between each set of vertebra, are spinal nerves whose function it is to act as a conduit to transmit messages and information from the brain to the glands, muscles, organs etc, and then receive information back from these structures and transmit this information to the brain in order to keep the body functioning at its optimum.

Part of these spinal nerves comprise fibres that specifically supply what is know as a dermatome, a very specific area of skin, with sensation. If the spinal nerve is compressed in some way this will affect the transmission of the messages along the spinal nerve and this will be experienced in that specific area as tingling, pins and needles, some times heat and or numbness.

The dermatome its self will not cause burning feet..compression or damage to the nerve is what will 'show up' as burning feet.

Your health care provider (chiropractor or GP) should be consulted as there are varoius reasons that can potentially cause nerve damage (diabetes for example) and any potential medical cause for the 'burning feet' should be investigated.

best regards


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