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The most common type of neuropathy in the feet is referred to as peripheral neuropathy. The brain receives signals from the peripheral nerves and if this ceases to occur, these nerves may be damaged. This condition is frequently observed in diabetics and in patients who have circulation disorders. Additional causes of this ailment may include poor eating habits, alcoholism, and possibly toxic chemical exposure. Symptoms of neuropathy in the feet may include a burning and tingling sensation in the toes and the feet may gradually become numb. Walking may become affected in addition to experiencing difficulty in performing daily activities. A podiatrist can provide a proper diagnosis as well as determining the severity of this condition.
Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if left unchecked. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with one of our podiatrists of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Our doctors 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 trigged by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.
Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:
- 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.
To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy, whether it be diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, or others, will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment. 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 one of our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
Development of cardiovascular problems may have a higher risk of occurrence for those patients who suffer from diabetes, says new research findings from doctors at St. George’s University of London. This cardiovascular problem development, seems to be at risk if the patient has peripheral neuropathy prior. The claims the scientists make are based conclusively on an examination they performed of about 13,000 people with type-2 diabetes who had no prior heart problems.
Neuropathy led to patients being more likely to experience a cardiovascular event than those patients who were not afflicted. This knowledge helps doctors predict when a diabetes patient will be more susceptible to heart disease. “There is likely an unmet potential to reduce cardiovascular disease in this group of patients through greater monitoring and simple treatments," said Consultant in Vascular Surgery Robert Hinchliffe.
Diabetes and peripheral neuropathy are systemic diseases that can do a lot of damage to the feet. For help dealing with the effects of a systemic disease in your feet, talk to Dr. Stephen A. Kinard, DPM of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Dr. Kinard can treat your foot and ankle needs.
Systemic Diseases and the Feet
Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include: gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.
Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.
Diabetes mellitus- is an increase in the level of blood sugar in which the body cannot counteract with the insulin in the body. When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin this is a factor in Diabetes.
Diabetes of the Feet
· Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.
· Peripheral Vascular Disease- can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet.
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