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Podiatrists are professionally trained to treat many conditions relating to foot and ankle pain. Some common disorders we treat include:

 

Peripheral Neuropathy

What is Peripheral Neuropathy?


Peripheral neuropathy is a disease that can damage nerves in the feet and prevent them from working properly. It is commonly caused by diabetes or injury. Other causes include arthritis, vitamin deficiencies, blood vessel disease, and certain infections. Damaged nerves may cause changes in sensation, including numbness. This can make you more likely to injure your feet without knowing it. Over time, neuropathy can lead to permanent loss of nerve function, as well as bone and joint damage.

Evaluating Your Feet

To learn more about your problem, you’ll be evaluated by a podiatrist (specially trained foot doctor). The evaluation includes questions about your health and a foot exam. You may also have diagnostic tests.

Common Symptoms

• Numbness
• Burning or pain
• Tingling, or a feeling of “pins and needles”
• Feeling like you’re wearing an invisible sock

Treating Peripheral Neuropathy


After the evaluation, your doctor will talk with you about treat­ment options. These may include making changes in your diet and exercise habits. Other treatments are used to reduce pain and improve nerve function. Keep in mind, an important part of treatment is learning how to protect your feet.

Nutrition

Eating foods high in vitamin B can help improve nerve problems caused by poor nutrition. So your doctor may recommend changing your diet. In some cases, vitamin supplements may be needed. If you have diabetes, be sure to measure your blood sugar regularly.

Exercise

Daily exercise improves blood flow in your feet. It also increases foot strength and flexibility. Gentle exercises, like walking or riding a stationary bicycle, are best. Talk with your doctor before starting an exercise program. Also mention if any exercise causes pain, redness.

Other Treatments

Your doctor may recommend other treatments for your neuropathy. These can include ointments and medications to help reduce pain and inflammation. Physical therapy, massage, and electrical nerve stimulation may also help manage pain and improve nerve function.