A condition referred to as peripheral neuropathy typically occurs as a result of malfunctioning nerves that are damaged. This condition may be caused by an inherited gene, an injury, or an infection. It has been known to cause discomfort and pain, a tingling feeling in the feet, in addition to a sensation of heaviness in the lower limbs. Recent research has shown that approximately 60 percent of diabetic patients experience some type of nerve damage, which may often be a result of elevated blood sugar levels. To determine the severity of neuropathy, there are several tests that may be performed. These may include undergoing an MRI, which may determine if a tumor or disc is pressing on a nerve, an electromyography, which is used to evaluate the body’s nerve signals, or a nerve conduction study, which may aid in assessing the nerves for correct transmitting information. If you are afflicted with neuropathy, it’s suggested to consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible for additional information.
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 Carolina Foot & Ankle. 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 trigged 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, whether it be diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, or others, will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment. 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 Huntersville, Mooresville, and Mountain Island, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.Read more about Neuropathy