Campbell Brown’s family dog gnaws off both of his father-in-laws big toes. Why did this happen? Geelong Podiatrist, Amy Hawker explains….

October 3, 2017

Campbell Brown’s family dog gnaws off both of his father-in-laws big toes. Why did this happen? Geelong Podiatrist, Amy Hawker explains….

Former AFL Hawthorn star Campbell Brown revealed his father-in-law has recovered in hospital after the family’s pet dog Sabel chewed off his left toe while he was asleep.   

In an article by the Herald sun, Brown mentioned that the dog got away with the midnight snack because his father-in-law, has partially lost the feeling in his feet as a result of his diabetes – meaning he didn’t wake up on either occasion as the dog partially devoured his feet.

This loss of feeling to his feet is a condition called Peripheral Neuropathy. Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition of the nerves that can affect the toes and feet. Neuropathy can present as either numbness and tingling, burning pain, or a combination of both.

The symptoms of neuropathy are generally worse during periods of rest, and neuropathy should be suspected if you have pain that wakes you up at night, or keeps you from sleeping. Today, the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy is Diabetes, but other conditions such as alcoholism, chemotherapy treatment, and spine surgery can lead to neuropathy. There is a large percentage of patients with peripheral neuropathy that may never have an accurate explanation of the cause, known as idiopathic neuropathy.

The clinical history and physical examination are the most important tools for diagnosis. Further investigation can be done with nerve conduction studies or imaging to rule out any other potential source of pain, such as broken bones, arthritis, or other deformities.

When treating peripheral neuropathy, it is important for you to work with your physicians as part of a comprehensive treatment team. At Pro Feet Podiatry we can help you establish a correct diagnosis, as well as assisting in developing a tailored management for your short and long term goals.

In addition to diagnosis and treatment of peripheral neuropathy, the team at Pro Feet Podiatry play a pivotal role in preventing complications. Patients with neuropathy, especially diabetic neuropathy, are at higher risk of developing foot ulcers and infections, which can lead to amputations or worse.

Our goal is to prevent those potential complications, and proper education about the condition is the most powerful prevention tool. We will spend the time to answer your questions and establish a management plan to help you stay active healthy and happy while managing peripheral neuropathy.

I hope this was helpful and I look forward to caring for you soon!

Yours in keeping people active, healthy and happy,

Amy Hawker


Pro Feet Podiatry