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An Explanation of Peripheral Neuropathy

Monday, 05 October 2020 00:00

The body’s nervous system is composed of two parts: the central nervous system, which consists of the brain and spinal cord, and the peripheral nervous system, which consists of the nerves running from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. Peripheral neuropathy is a disorder that occurs when the nerves of the peripheral nervous system are damaged or destroyed, impairing the relay of messages from the brain and spinal cord to the other parts of the body. The peripheral nerves travel to the arms, hands, legs, and feet. When these nerves are damaged, you may experience numbness and pain in these areas. Peripheral neuropathy that affects the lower limbs can be especially concerning, as it can cause difficulty walking and a loss of sensation that makes foot wounds and infections more likely to develop. If you are experiencing the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy in your lower limbs, it is suggested that you 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 one of our podiatrists  from New York. 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:

  • 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 Ozone Park, and Manhasset, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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