Neuropathy can generally be referred to as a disease or dysfunction of the nerves. There are different forms of neuropathy which can occur in various locations of the body. When neuropathy affects the feet, it is a malfunction within the peripheral nervous system—which is a network of nerves outside of the central nervous system (comprising the spinal cord and brain) which controls the feet, hands, legs, and arms. This type of neuropathy is referred to as peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy can be caused by diabetes, autoimmune diseases, infections, alcoholism, genetic disorders, toxins, medications, tumors, and more. Sometimes there is no known cause for neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy can cause numbness, tingling, pain, or extreme sensitivity to touch in the feet. It may even cause a loss of feeling in the feet which may lead to an inability to detect rapidly developing sores. If you have any of these symptoms, see a podiatrist as soon as possible to devise an appropriate treatment plan.
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 Mital Patel, DPM from South Shore Podiatry. 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 office located in Massapequa, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.