Peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage caused by a multitude of conditions. Common causes of neuropathy are diabetes, vitamin deficiency, medication, chemotherapy, trauma, radiation therapy, alcoholism, heredity and many have unknown causes. Neuropathy, in all of its forms, can be devastating and debilitating. At Prairie Path Podiatry, we are committed to helping you understand your neuropathy and develop a successful treatment plan.
Your brain relies on your nerves for information, as well as control of your body. When your nerves are not functioning well; your brain may interpret garbled incoming signals as pain, tingling, numbness, burning, pins and needles, to warn you of nerve damage. Since your brain has not received reliable information, it lacks the ability to control your body. And on top of that, the nerves that control the body might also be damaged; thus resulting in a myriad of symptoms such as the loss of balance, cramps, increased sweating, dry skin, flushed skin, cold skin, unnoticed injuries, etc.
The most common indicators of neuropathy include numbness, a tingly or prickly feeling that can spread, extreme sensitivity to touch, a burning sensation, muscle weakness, and often pain. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to contact us for a neurologic exam and balance testing. Let us assess your feet and legs so we can make an accurate diagnosis and help you determine the best treatment options to minimize symptoms.
Having neuropathy doesn’t have to stop you from doing the things you enjoy. Discomfort can be minimized in a variety of ways. Physical therapy is one option that has proven to be helpful. We can also prescribe medications to relieve symptoms and of course, managing the underlying condition is key to keeping neuropathy problems at bay. Be sure to stick to a good diet, avoid alcohol and quit smoking. Make exercise a regular part of your daily routine and monitor glucose levels closely.
Addressing Additional Causes
It’s important to note that although a common culprit, diabetes is not the only risk factor involved with neuropathy. How we address your nerve damage depends greatly upon the source of your problem and treatment of any possible underlying cause is essential for your overall health. Thus, it is vital that you schedule an appointment with us at the first indication of neuropathy symptoms so we can determine the proper course of action. We are excited to offer to our neuropathy patients the number one neuropathy treatment in the world, Neurogenx. Many patients are undergoing Neurogenx neuropathy treatment here with great success.
You can find out more about neuropathy or make an appointment by using our online contact form or by calling our Geneva, IL office at (630) 845-3338. Don’t let neuropathy keep you from the activities you love and lifestyle you enjoy. Contact Prairie Path Podiatry today so you can get the help you need to manage your condition and stay active and healthy.