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Dealing With Peripheral Neuropathy in the Feet

Peripheral neuropathy is the result of nerve damage to parts of the body other than the brain and spinal column. The peripheral nervous system sends signals to the feet and ankles. If the nerves are damaged, the messages are blocked. This can result in tingling, numbness, muscle cramps, and burning pain. Periods of extreme sensitivity can alternate with periods of numbness. Among the possible causes of peripheral neuropathy are traumatic injury, infections (shingles), genetics, exposure to toxins, increased age, and problems with the metabolism. One of the most common causes of peripheral neuropathy is as a side effect of diabetes. Unfortunately, peripheral neuropathy of the feet can result in additional problems. Sores and cuts may go undetected because of numbness or inability to detect hot or cold temperatures, especially on the soles of the feet. Wounds may go untreated and cause infection, which in turn can lead to ulcers. If you are experiencing symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, especially if you also are a diabetic, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a complete examination and possible treatment options.


Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Dr. Richard T. Bauer from Summit Foot & Ankle. Our doctor 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 triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • 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 will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. 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 our office located in Latham, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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