Neuropathy is a common condition that affects the nerves in the feet and legs, causing a range of uncomfortable symptoms. At The Foot Clinic, we understand the impact that neuropathy can have on your quality of life, and we offer comprehensive evaluations and effective treatments to help you manage your symptoms.
What is neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a condition that affects the nerves in the feet and legs. It can cause a range of symptoms, including:
Numbness or tingling in the feet or legs
Burning or shooting pain
Weakness or loss of coordination
Sensitivity to touch or temperature changes
Muscle cramps or spasms
What causes neuropathy?
Neuropathy can have a range of causes, including:
Diabetes: High blood sugar levels can damage the nerves in the feet and legs.
Vitamin deficiencies: A lack of certain vitamins, such as vitamin B12, can cause nerve damage.
Alcoholism: Chronic alcohol abuse can cause nerve damage.
Autoimmune disorders: Disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus can cause inflammation that damages nerves.
Nerve compression: Compression of nerves in the feet and legs can cause neuropathy.
How is neuropathy treated?
At The Foot Clinic, we offer a range of treatments for neuropathy, including:
Medications: Certain medications, such as antidepressants or anti-seizure drugs, can help manage the symptoms of neuropathy.
Topical treatments: Topical creams or ointments can provide temporary relief from pain or discomfort.
Nerve stimulation: Electrical stimulation of the nerves in the feet and legs can help reduce pain and improve nerve function.
Physical therapy: Physical therapy exercises can help improve balance, strength, and coordination.
Custom orthotics: We can create custom orthotics that provide cushioning and support for the feet and help alleviate symptoms.
While some causes of neuropathy, such as autoimmune disorders, can’t be prevented, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing neuropathy due to other causes, including:
Managing chronic conditions: If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes or alcoholism, managing your condition can help reduce your risk of developing neuropathy.
Eating a healthy diet: Eating a balanced diet that includes a variety of vitamins and minerals can help prevent nerve damage due to vitamin deficiencies.
Avoiding toxins: Exposure to toxins such as heavy metals or certain chemicals can cause nerve damage, so avoiding these substances can help reduce your risk of neuropathy.