Associated Foot Specialists
Podiatrists located in Holden, MA & Hudson, MA
Neuropathy can lead to unusual sensations in your feet and leave you at risk for infection. Residents in and around Holden and Hudson, Massachusetts, can rely on Anthony Tickner, DPM, and Steven Quan, DPM, of Associated Foot Specialists for state-of-the-art treatments to help ease the symptoms of neuropathy. Call or click today to schedule a visit.
Neuropathy Q & A
What is neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that alters the way your nervous system processes information between your body and brain. The type of neuropathy that affects the feet is called peripheral neuropathy.
Your peripheral nervous system transmits signals back and forth between your brain and the rest of your body. When something goes wrong in this system, a number of unusual sensations can occur.
Diabetes is a primary source of neuropathy. A traumatic injury can also cause the condition, as well as genetic factors and exposure to certain toxins.
What are some symptoms of neuropathy?
Everyone has a unique experience of neuropathy. Knowing what to look for can help you decide when to see a specialist for your symptoms.
Some of the common signs of neuropathy in the foot include:
- Burning, shooting, or stinging pain
- Sensation of wearing socks even when feet are bare
- Extreme sensitivity to stimuli that are not normally significant
- Feet that get very cold at night
- Tingling or “pins and needles” sensation in the feet
- Sensation of numbness
- Sores that heal slowly
If you notice these changes, reach out to schedule a diagnostic exam right away. Neuropathy in the feet is a serious medical condition that should be treated promptly.
Are there treatments that can improve neuropathy?
The best way to treat neuropathy is to address the underlying condition. If diabetes is causing changes in the way your feet feel, bringing your blood glucose down to healthier levels is a great place to start. Diabetic foot care will help prevent or treat sores or other damage to your feet.
Medications can help manage pain and unusual sensations. Many different medications can help, including some topical options in the form of creams and patches.
Physical therapy can help by strengthening the muscles in your feet. If your neuropathy is caused by undue pressure on your nerves, surgery can help by eliminating the source of pressure.
When you’re ready to get to the bottom of unusual sensations in your feet, schedule a visit with Associated Foot Specialists. Booking is available online or over the phone.
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