Neuropathy is damage to your peripheral nerves. As this happens, sensation diminishes in your feet. Nerve complications can have various effects on the feet. When combining neuropathy with diabetes, it becomes essential to obtain treatment accordingly as patients with diabetes already have a reduced sensation in their feet due to decreased blood flow. Apart from diabetes, causes of neuropathy include certain cancer medications since they have side effects that can cause complications for nerves; hereditary problems that can cause neuropathy to occur; arthritic complications in the feet and ankles; traumatic injuries that can have negative effects on the nerves in your feet. To diagnose neuropathy, your doctor will attempt to locate the central location where your nerve pain is emanating from or will utilize a biopsy to find out the extent of damage that may have been caused. Due to the serious nature of neuropathy, it becomes important to counteract any symptoms early on to preserve proper sensation in your feet.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Participate in physical therapy.
- Wear the right type of footwear so as not to aggravate the nerves in your foot.
- Place custom orthotics in your shoes. This can help to counteract pressures from specific areas of your feet. For those with diabetes, orthotics can help to reduce pressure in your foot and prevent aches.
- Surgical procedures may be used to treat the variations in nerve sensations produced by neuropathy. Surgery may also help to remove the impinging nerve if it cannot be controlled with other methods.
Contact us at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, located in Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668, MI. Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM will determine the best course of treatment to help control the pain and loss of sensation that your feet may be experiencing from neuropathy. Call our offices at any of the numbers provided above for an appointment and look over our Patient Education library for more information about this and many other foot issues.