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About Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy, a condition where nerves in the body's extremities like feet are damaged, is especially prevalent in those over 55 years old. This nerve damage can affect sensory, motor, and autonomic nerves, leading to symptoms such as numbness, tingling, pain, muscle weakness, and balance issues. Early consultation with a podiatrist is important for symptoms such as foot pain or wounds that are not healing, especially in people at high risk, including diabetic patients. Diabetes is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy, where high blood sugar levels damage nerves. Other causes can include physical injuries, viral infections, medication side effects, and excessive alcohol use. Treatment varies based on the cause and symptoms. Untreated peripheral neuropathy can cause serious complications like foot ulcers, infections, gangrene, and even amputation. It can also cause heart and circulation issues. If you have symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and treatment.


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 one of our podiatrists from Manhattan Footcare. Our doctors 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 offices located in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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