Peripheral neuropathy is a nerve disorder that can affect the feet. It typically causes the inability to feel sensations in the feet, and is prevalent among diabetic patients. Elevated glucose levels can cause neuropathy in the feet, and can be dangerous among diabetics. Neuropathy can affect many types of nerves. The most common are motor, sensory, and autonomic nerves. Motor nerves include those that allow us to walk, talk, and grasp objects. The pain that is felt from a cut is classified as a sensory nerve, and breathing, digestion, and heart functions are in the autonomic nerve category. Muscle weakness is associated with neuropathy, and can be caused by physical injury, arthritis, and diabetes. If you have a lack of feeling in your feet, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can treat and help you to manage neuropathy.
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 Gary J. Kaiserman, DPM from Achilles Footcare Center. Our doctor 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 offices located in Forest Lane and West Kiest Boulevard Dallas, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.