If you suffer from symptoms like numbness or tingling in your feet, you may be experiencing neuropathy. If you notice signs of neuropathy, let board-certified podiatrist Randy Lowe, DPM, and his team at Park Center Foot and Ankle Clinic determine the right treatment for you. Located in Boise and Meridian, Idaho, the practice offers a wide range of treatments to relieve your discomfort and effectively manage your condition. To learn more, call or schedule your appointment online today.
Neuropathy is a condition that results from damaged nerves. In most cases, neuropathy (or peripheral neuropathy) refers to damage to your peripheral nervous system. Peripheral neuropathy can affect any of the nerves throughout your body but most commonly affects the nerves in your legs and feet.
Neuropathy can cause symptoms like tingling, weakness, numbness, and pain. Many people with neuropathy experience tingling pain and loss of feeling in their feet.
Your nerves can experience damage from a wide range of underlying problems. Some possible causes of neuropathy include:
The most common cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes. Diabetes causes high levels of blood sugar, which can damage nerves and restrict blood flow to the feet. Also called diabetic neuropathy, the condition affects about 70% of people with diabetes.
In addition to painful symptoms, neuropathy causes numbness and loss of sensation that can lead to serious complications. People with neuropathy are often unable to feel temperature changes leading to burns and skin trauma. Loss of sensation can also increase the risk of injuries like falls, lacerations, and even broken bones.
Many people with neuropathy experience minor foot injuries without noticing, eventually leading to problems like infection and open sores.
If you notice symptoms of neuropathy, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Early detection is key to avoiding serious complications and preventing further nerve damage.
Treatment depends on the underlying cause of your neuropathy. During your appointment, Dr. Lowe performs a thorough examination, including a physical exam, neurological exam, and review of your medical history. In some cases, he may conduct additional testing like:
After your diagnosis, you and Dr. Lowe discuss the best treatment for your condition. In most cases, properly treating the underlying cause of your neuropathy is the best way to manage your condition.
Depending on your condition, treatment for your neuropathy may include:
With the right treatment, Dr. Lowe can help you preserve your foot health and relieve your neuropathy symptoms. To speak with Dr. Lowe about your condition, call one of the offices or book your appointment online today.