Neuropathy and Foot Health
Dallas Podiatry Works treats patients for many conditions, but one of the most important is nerve damage in the feet. The peripheral nerves record information and communicate it back to the spinal column and brain (central nervous system). When they are damaged, a tiny cut or sore can break down over time. These untreated wounds can ultimately lead to gangrene, which is tissue death that can result in amputation.
Neuropathy can be concerning anywhere it happens in the body, but nerve damage in the feet is particularly concerning for a couple of reasons. First, your feet endure tremendous force loads on a daily basis and are at heightened risk for injury and various medical conditions. Second, your feet are generally not particularly visible. We keep our lower limbs covered in socks and shoes, plus they are the furthest points on the body from our eyes. This means you have to be vigilant to catch those issues that can become medical emergencies.
Whereas neuropathy is commonly associated with diabetes—and rightfully so, given that 60-70 percent of diabetic individuals will have nerve damage during their lifetime—there are several other potential sources, including:
- Alcoholism – This can be attributed to the malnutrition seen in many alcoholic individuals.
- Certain medications – Some chemotherapy drugs, for example, have nerve damage as a potential side effect.
- Heredity – Family history and genetic disposition sometimes lead to peripheral neuropathy.
- Injury – Acute injuries sometimes damage peripheral nerves and cause problems.
- Arthritis – There are many forms of arthritis, and neuropathy can be caused by certain ones.
- Neurological disorders – Conditions like fibromyalgia and spina bifida increase the risk factor of this issue.
If you have sustained nerve damage in your feet that is causing problems like burning, tingling, or painful sensations, or you are unable to feel anything, come see us here at Dallas Podiatry Works. We can determine the root cause of the problem and then create an effective treatment plan for you. If diabetes is responsible, we can help you develop a diabetic foot care plan to prevent issues from arising.Call us toll-free at (888) 716-5283 for more information or assistance in scheduling a visit with one of our foot doctors. You can also take advantage of our online form to request your appointment at either our Plano or Dallas, TX offices right now.
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