Peripheral neuropathy is a result of damage done to the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord. This will often cause weakness, numbness, and pain in the feet. This type of neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes and an exposure to toxins. The symptoms include muscle weakness, a lack of coordination and falling, sharp burning pain, numbness and extreme sensitivity to touch. People who have diabetes, kidney and thyroid disorders, vitamin deficiencies and have a history of alcohol abuse are at an increased risk to acquire peripheral neuropathy. Complications that can arise are infections, burns and skin trauma and an increased propensity to falls. The risk for peripheral neuropathy can be decreased by exercising regularly, avoiding factors that may cause nerve damage and eating a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables and protein. If you feel that you may be at risk for peripheral neuropathy, it is advised to consult with a podiatrist.
Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with one of our podiatrists from The Podiatry Center, PC. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.
What Is Neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.
Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:
- Sensation loss
- Prickling and tingling sensations
- Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
- Muscle weakness
Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.
To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.
Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Millburn, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.Read more about Neuropathy