If you have diabetes or another circulatory disorder, you’re also more likely to develop neuropathy. Left unmanaged, neuropathy increases your risk of slow-healing wounds and even amputation. At Caring Podiatry in Neptune and Monroe Township, New Jersey, the team of expert podiatrists regularly work with both men and women to ease the uncomfortable symptoms of neuropathy. Request your neuropathy consultation today by calling the office nearest you or clicking the online scheduling tool.
Neuropathy is a medical term used to describe damage or dysfunction in one or more nerves throughout the body. Neuropathic damage usually affects the extremities, such as the hands and feet, but it can affect other parts of your body, too.
When neuropathy destroys or damages your nerve cells, it disrupts their ability to communicate with your brain. Ultimately, this causes several uncomfortable symptoms and may also interfere with your mobility or ability to perform normal, routine tasks.
All of the nerves in your peripheral system have specific functions. The symptoms you experience depend on the type of nerves affected. Telltale signs of neuropathy include:
As the condition progresses, you might also experience paralysis or the sensation that you’re wearing gloves or socks, even if you aren’t. Peripheral neuropathy can also cause bowel, bladder, and digestive problems.
The most common cause of neuropathy is diabetes. If your blood sugar levels are too high for too long, it permanently damages the nerves in your hands and feet. Other common causes of neuropathy include:
You might also develop neuropathy if one or more of your nerves experiences pressure or trauma.
To diagnose neuropathy, your Caring Podiatry provider reviews your medical history, asks you questions about your symptoms, and conducts a physical exam. Your provider might also recommend blood tests or a neurological examination to rule out other problems.
If necessary, your provider can gain further insights by conducting a nerve function test or by taking a series of computed tomography (CT) scans.
The team at Caring Podiatry usually treats neuropathy with prescriptions such as pain relievers and anti-seizure medications. Combined with physical therapy and/or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) these treatments can ease pain and nerve sensitivity while improving your overall quality of life.
If you’ve been diagnosed with neuropathy, don’t wait to seek professional treatment. Request your appointment at Caring Podiatry today by calling the office nearest you or clicking the online scheduling tool.