Peripheral neuropathy is not something to be taken lightly. When there is a nerve problem in the feet, it can have various consequences. With peripheral neuropathy, nerves are damaged and the signals they transmit to the brain are as well. If not managed properly, symptoms can worsen and can cause the loss of sensation, muscle function, and lead to serious complications.
Causes of peripheral neuropathy:
● Peripheral neuropathy can happen more readily in those who have diabetes or autoimmune ailments.
● Hormone imbalances
● Alcohol use
● Strong medications
● Physical trauma
Other symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include numbness, burning, random pains in the feet, foot ulcers, decreased coordination, and muscle fatigue.
Treatment and prevention for this condition include:
● Wearing shoes that fit correctly
● Keeping track of your diabetes to make sure that further nerve damage does not occur.
● Using pain medications to ease pain caused by the injured nerves.
● Physical therapy, which can be very beneficial in reducing pain and inflammation.
● Placing orthotics into your shoes to decrease stress on the damaged nerves of the feet.
● A unique form of treatment is electric nerve stimulation to alleviate discomfort. This is done by sending electric currents to affected areas of the feet, which help to diminish the sensitivity of nerves and could have lasting, positive effects.
At Cange Podiatry Inc., our foot doctor, Darlyne Cange, DPM, has helped many patients who have experienced peripheral neuropathy. Her expertise and individualized treatments can ease your symptoms associated with nerve damage. Please contact us now to make an appointment with our offices located in Ellicott City and Glen Burnie, MD and take control of how your feet feel.