What are the primary causes of neuropathy?

Neuropathy causesThere are numerous problems that could cause nerve damage symptoms like tingling, burning, pain, or numbness in your feet. In about a third of cases, the causes of neuropathy may not be clear. Of those which are known, however, about half are a complication of diabetes. This is because unregulated sugar and insulin levels can cause plaque buildup and poor circulation, which means nerves do not receive the oxygen and nutrients they need to stay healthy. Deteriorating nerves cannot function as they should, thus the symptoms listed above.

Diabetes is not the only culprit, however. Infections, injuries, drug reactions, alcoholism, vitamin deficiencies, inflammatory conditions, cancer, and diseases of the liver and kidney are also common factors. Because neuropathy can have adverse consequences for your feet, you need to have such underlying conditions treated to manage your symptoms. At Parker Foot & Ankle, we provide the latest technology as well as a well-rounded neuropathy treatment program that has had great results in restoring nerve health in our patients. Call our Houston office today at (281) 497-2850 for more information or an appointment to discuss your foot issues.

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.