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By The Ford Center for Foot Surgery
February 10, 2017
Category: Podiatry

Learn about neuropathy treatment from your Sparks podiatrists.neuropathy treatment

Neuropathy, a result of damage to your peripheral nerves, often causes numbness, pain and weakness, usually in your hands and feet. It can also affect other areas of your body. Dr. Douglas Doxey and Dr. L. Bruce Ford at Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada in Sparks, NV, offers state-of-the-art treatments for neuropathy. Here are 7 treatments for neuropathy that you should be aware of.

1. Pain Relievers

OTC pain medications, such as aspirin and ibuprofen can relieve mild symptoms. While these pain medications might help with occasional or mild pain, they are often not strong enough for serious nerve pain. For more severe symptoms, your Sparks podiatrists might prescribe painkillers.

2. Anti-Seizure Medications

Medications that are developed to treat epilepsy are used for pain associated with neuropathy. The nerve-calming qualities of some of these medications can help quiet the stabbing, burning, or shooting pain often caused by nerve damage. Side effects of anti-seizure medications can include fatigue, dizziness, and drowsiness.

3. Topical Treatments

Capsaicin cream has been found to relieve pain associated with neuropathy. Capsaicin is the ingredient found in different types of hot peppers. You might have irritation and skin burning where you apply the cream, but this usually lessens over time.

4. Lidocaine Patches

Lidocaine Patches are another treatment you apply to your skin that reduces pain. Side effects of lidocaine patches can include dizzeness, drowsiness and numbness at the site of the patch.

5. Antidepressants

Some tricyclic antidepressants, such as nortriptyline, imipramin, doxepin and amitriptyline help reduce pain by interfering with chemical processes in your spinal cord and brain that cause you to feel pain.

6. TENS

Transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation (TENS) is a treatment that is used to treat nerve pain. TENS works by delivering electricity that travels through the nerve fibers. TENS is used as an adjunct to medications.

7. Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can be very helpful in relieving the pressure on the nerves. Physical therapy can help you retain strength, improve your moments and avoid muscle spasms and cramping. With neuropathy, the quantity and focus of physical therapy or exercise is determined by your diagnosed condition and symptoms.

If you're in pain, don't suffer and muddle through. Instead, get help from a podiatrist. Together, you can come up with a treatment plan that will help you feel better. Call Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada in Sparks, NV, at (775) 331-1919 to schedule an appointment. Our state-of-the-art neuropathy treatments will change your life for the better.