Neuropathy is a common problem frequently caused by nerve damage from diabetes and other causes. The condition commonly affects your feet, causing a wide range of nerve issues including numbness, tingling, stabbing pain, and weakness. Neuropathy can also be caused by trauma, infection, or genetics.
The podiatrists at Premier Foot Clinic offer a wide range of services to help your feet, including neuropathy treatment. They have several office locations in Jackson, Clinton, and Cleveland, MS, to help you and your feet.
Diabetes is one of the many causes of neuropathy, but there are other diseases that can cause the condition. According to the Mayo Clinic, autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, infections like hepatitis, tumors pressing on nerves, and bone marrow disorders can all bring about neuropathy symptoms.
So, how do you know if you have neuropathy? There are many identifiable signs and symptoms you need to pay attention to, including:
- Tingling and numbness
- Sharp stabbing pain
- Hypersensitivity to touch
- Muscle weakness and falling
Treatment for neuropathy begins with treating the underlying condition, especially in cases where neuropathy is brought on by diabetes. Effective management of the underlying condition usually helps diminish symptoms.
Medications are often used to manage symptoms. Some common medications include:
- Over-the-counter pain medications including Tylenol or ibuprofen
- Anti-seizure medications including gabapentin and pregabalin
- Topical creams including capsaicin cream or lidocaine patches
- Tricyclic antidepressants which can help interfere with pain sensation
Your podiatrist might also recommend several therapies in addition to medication. These therapies may include:
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation; a TENS unit, which uses a gentle electrical current to help ease symptoms
- Physical therapy to increase muscle strength and improve movement and flexibility
- Regular exercise including walking to help with strength and mobility
- Devices to help with stability including braces, a cane, walker, or wheelchair
- Surgery if your neuropathy is caused by nerves being compressed by a tumor or other factors
- Plasma exchange and IV immune globulin treatment for neuropathy caused by autoimmune disorders
You don’t have to let neuropathy affect your enjoyment of life and activities. Your podiatrist can help you feel better. For more information about neuropathy treatment and other footcare services, call the podiatrists at Premier Foot Clinic, with offices in Jackson, Clinton, and Cleveland, MS. Call now and feel better fast!