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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.
Have you been experiencing tingling or numbness in your feet? Do you have a blister on your toe that doesn't seem to be healing? Do you feel pain even from non-painful sources like wearing socks? If so, you may be dealing with peripheral neuropathy, a condition that affects as many as 20 million Americans. At the Ford Center for Foot Surgery in Sparks, NV, our podiatrists - Dr. Bruce Ford and Dr. Douglas Doxey - see patients with this condition every day. You can learn more about it here:
What is peripheral neuropathy?
Also called peripheral nerve damage or neuritis, peripheral neuropathy develops due to damage of the peripheral nervous system, the network of nerves that connect the entire body to the brain and spinal cord (which together make up the central nervous system). When someone has peripheral neuropathy, the signals from the brain are distorted or interrupted on their way to the rest of the body, most often the feet and hands. Your Sparks podiatrist finds that peripheral neuropathy can be caused by a number of different diseases or situations, including injuries, diabetes, or autoimmune disorders. Sometimes the condition is inherited or idiopathic (meaning no specific cause can be found).
What are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?
Since peripheral neuropathy can affect the entire body, its signs and symptoms are numerous and vary based on the cause. In terms of the feet and ankles, the areas treated by your podiatrist, peripheral neuropathy most often causes damage to pain receptors, giving the feeling that one is wearing socks while barefoot. This decreased sensation can lead to major infections if a wound goes unnoticed. Numbness, tingling or prickling sensation can also be present; some people experience an exaggerated feeling of pain to a normally harmless stimulus.
How can peripheral neuropathy be treated?
Your Sparks podiatrist usually begins treatment of peripheral neuropathy by addressing its cause. Lifestyle changes like diet and exercise, which are often a factor in diabetes, may allow the nerves to heal and regenerate on their own. Medications to control pain and autoimmune responses may also prove successful. Establishing a good rapport with your podiatrist and following instructions is extremely helpful in managing peripheral neuropathy.
If you'd like to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists at the Ford Center for Foot Surgery in Sparks, NV, please contact us. We'd be happy to help you get back on your feet!