Peripheral neuropathy is a condition in which the nerves of the lower limbs become damaged. This can cause symptoms in the legs and feet such as tingling, numbness, a pins and needles sensation, burning, stabbing, or shooting pains, and weakness. Peripheral neuropathy can be diagnosed through a physical examination of the feet. During the exam, the doctor will look at your feet to check for any injuries or abnormalities. They will also check to see if you have a loss of sensation in your feet by using instruments such as a tuning fork or monofilament. If nerve damage is suspected, the doctor may order further tests, such as an electromyograph (EMG), to confirm the diagnosis and evaluate the extent of damage. If you have the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy in your lower limbs, it is recommended that you seek the care of a podiatrist.
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:
- 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.