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Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a disorder characterized by damage to the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord. This condition often affects the nerves of the lower limbs, leading to symptoms such as weakness, numbness, pain, and reduced sensation. This disorder has many possible causes. One of the most common is diabetes, however, peripheral neuropathy can also be caused by shingles, a vitamin deficiency, excessive alcohol use, certain autoimmune diseases, AIDS, various inherited disorders, exposure to certain toxins, and cancer therapy drugs. If you have peripheral neuropathy, it is important to keep an eye on your foot health. A podiatrist can help you manage your peripheral neuropathy. 

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 Charles Perry, DPM from Ohio. 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 our offices located in Cambridge and Zanesville, OH. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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