You know how when you hear one word, you often associate it with another? Sprain almost immediately conjures up ankle. Gym says exercise. Many people who hear peripheral neuropathy will immediately think diabetes. While there is a strong link between the two, the condition is not the only reason for nerve damage in your feet and legs. Let’s explore some of the others.
Why You Might Have Neuropathy
Damaged nerves can occur because of things you do but also things you have no control over. Here are some examples:
- Consumption of sugar and simple carbohydrates can squeeze and compress nerves even if you don’t have diabetes or prediabetes. Diet is crucial!
- You drink heavily, and as a consequence make poor food choices. You may end up with vitamin deficiencies that lead to nerve damage.
- You are in an accident and a nerve is severed, or bones move out of position and press on it so that it malfunctions.
- You are exposed to toxins at work that damage your nerve tissue.
- Certain medications you take lead to the condition, such as cancer drugs.
- You inherited a nerve disorder, or developed lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
While all these are possibilities, diabetes is still the main reason. About half of those with the disease will end up with some sort nerve problem.
How Neuropathy Makes You Feel
Your symptoms will depend on which nerves are affected. In your feet and ankles, that will likely be your peripheral nerves—the ones responsible for sensation—and your motor nerves, which direct your movements.
A common symptom is pain. Sometimes this is an aching or throbbing feeling, and others a sharp, stabbing sensation. It can also feel as if your skin is burning, freezing, or very sensitive to touch.
You may also develop a “pins and needles” prickling or tingling that can be very uncomfortable. Later on, as the nerves degenerate further, you may lose sensation altogether and end up with numb feet or legs that feel thick and block-like.
Another common problem with damaged nerves is muscle weakness that makes you feel unstable. This feeling can actually cause you to lose your balance and fall, and you might be injured in the process.
When Nerves Act Up, Don’t Delay Getting Help
Early identification of problems gives us an advantage in treating neuropathy. If we can start treatment before the nerves degenerate, we can delay the progression of the damage and help you stay active longer.
Dr. Parker is proud to offer a new breakthrough solutions package for the treatment of neuropathy. This package is the best, most comprehensive, and most effective weapon against neuropathy currently available and includes the most advanced testing, treatments such as laser and electric nerve stimulation, and other high-tech modalities at significantly reduced cost to you. Dr. Parker is also an expert in surgical nerve decompression should you require a more aggressive approach.
If you start feeling tingling in your feet, or have sharp pains that come and go, don’t ignore them. Call our office and get in for an evaluation.
Houston’s Foot Expert Is Here for You
Dr. Robert Parker is a well-known and respected Houston podiatrist who keeps up with the latest technology and treatment problems for all manner of foot ailments. You couldn’t place your feet in better hands, so call Parker Foot & Ankle at (281) 497-2850 to set up an appointment, or request one online. We’ll help heal your damaged nerves, whatever the cause.