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Find out if the numbness/tingling in your hands and feet could be due to neuropathy.
Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that causes damage to the peripheral nerves, which can lead to weakness, numbness, pain, and tingling in certain areas of the body, particularly the hands and feet. There are many reasons why someone might develop peripheral neuropathy, from certain infections and genetics to the most common cause, diabetes. From the office of our Sparks, NV, podiatrist, Dr. Douglas Doxey, learn more about this condition and discover when to visit us for neuropathy treatment.
What are the signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?
The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy vary depending on what nerves are affected. These nerves include,
- Sensory nerves, which respond to temperature, touch, and pain
- Motor nerves, which control muscle movement
- Autonomic nerves, which affect involuntary functions like heart rate and blood pressure
Some of the most common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include,
- Numbness in the feet, hands, legs, or arms
- A “pins and needles” sensation
- Muscle weakness or paralysis
- Sensitivity to touch
- Poor balance and coordination
- A sharp, burning, or stabbing pain
If neuropathy has affected the autonomic nerves then you may experience,
- Digestive or bowel issues
- Blood pressure changes (e.g. dizziness)
- Heat intolerance
- Increased sweating
When should I see a doctor?
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, especially weakness, pain, or tingling in the feet, then you should call our Sparks, NV, foot doctor right away for an appointment. The sooner peripheral neuropathy is detected and treated, the better the outcome is for controlling symptoms and preventing further nerve damage.
What are my neuropathy treatment options?
While treatment will not cure neuropathy, it can help you control your symptoms and prevent damage to the nerves. Common treatment options include,
- Medications: Everything from painkillers and anti-seizure medications to antidepressants and topical medications can help ease symptoms
- Therapy: Physical therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), and surgery can provide relief from persistent or more serious symptoms
- Lifestyle modifications: From a healthy diet and exercising regularly to quitting smoking and limiting alcohol use, you can also lessen your symptoms with simple lifestyle changes
For reliable neuropathy treatment, call the Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada today at (775) 331-1919.