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By Crofton Podiatry
July 03, 2018

Have your hands and feet been experiencing numbing, tingling, weakness, or burning? These are primary symptoms of what’s called peripheral neuropathy, a condition in which the nerves are damaged by injuries, infections, or toxins. It can cause problems that result in nerve signals that do not send information properly from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body, including the farthest (peripheral) body parts like the hands and feet.

Who can experience peripheral neuropathy?

There are certain conditions that make it more likely for you to suffer from peripheral neuropathy:

  • Diabetes mellitus – If blood sugar levels are left uncontrolled, especially for those who are diabetic, the excess sugar can damage nerves.
  • Alcoholism – Alcohol abuse can result in damaged nerve tissues. Too much alcohol can become toxic to your nerves.
  • Autoimmune diseases – Diseases that are characterized by chronic inflammation, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus can suffer from nerve damage due to inflammation.
  • Tumors – These overgrowths can directly or indirectly press on nerves, causing nerve signal blockage or damage.
  • Infection – Bacterial and viral infections like Lyme disease and shingles can cause nerve damage as the infectious agents can directly attack the nerves.
  • Toxins or Medications – Long-term exposure to some chemicals and even medications can cause a toxic effect on the nerves.
  • Traumatic Injury – Direct physical damage to the nerves from sports or other injuries, which disrupts the nerve signals.
  • Vitamin deficiency – Vitamin B and niacin are known to be essential for nerve health, so a deficiency could cause problems.

The symptoms of neuropathy in themselves can be uncomfortable or painful, but the secondary complications that can arise from peripheral neuropathy can be worse. Those who have lost feeling in feet are unknowingly susceptible to injuries like cuts, scrapes, or burns. When they go unnoticed and untreated, they can become ulcers and even gangrenous wounds!

Treatments are available to improve symptoms and prevent worsening symptoms. They range from taking pain relievers, anti-seizure medications, vitamin B-12 injections, physical therapy, and electrical current stimulation.

If you believe that your feet may be experiencing symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, come to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll, for an assessment at Crofton Podiatry. Call us today at (410) 721-4505 to make an appointment at our Crofton, MD office, which also provides services to the surrounding areas of Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie, MD.

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