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What Causes Peripheral Neuropathy?

Monday, 03 May 2021 00:00

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that affects the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms of this condition frequently affect the lower limbs, causing a loss of sensation, numbness, tingling, pain, weakness, and poor wound healing in the feet and ankles. Peripheral neuropathy has a wide variety of potential underlying causes. The most common cause of peripheral neuropathy in the lower limbs is diabetes, but other systemic conditions, injuries, infections, autoimmune disorders, and even certain medications can trigger this disorder. People who are overweight, aged 40 or older, and have high blood pressure are at an increased risk of developing peripheral neuropathy. If you notice any symptoms of peripheral neuropathy in your lower limbs, please seek the care of a podiatrist.

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 Dr. Michael A. Wood from Foot Health Institute. 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:

  • Numbness
  • 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.

Treatment

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 one of our offices located in Lansing, and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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