Diabetes is the leading cause of peripheral neuropathy. Healthmark Foot & Ankle Associates are highly trained in this condition that causes nerve damage and holds standards high in treatment and recognizing the condition. As diabetic care of excellence standard, peripheral neuropathy is not taken lightly.

What exactly is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Peripheral NeuropathyHave you ever heard a car backfire? Typically it is caused by a bad sensor and too much fuel getting into the engine. When you think of peripheral neuropathy, think of it as a bad sensor in your peripheral nervous system that can no longer communicate the correct way. Your nervous system is comprised of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) and the nerves throughout your body that collect and relay information back to the brain (peripheral nervous system).\

When damaged nerves are no longer functioning correctly, signs and symptoms include:

  • Nerve Pain 
  • Burning or Tingling Sensations 
  • Cramping or Muscle Tightness
  • Numbness
  • Difficulty Walking 
  • Sensations that are not real

Peripheral neuropathy can have a variety of causes beyond diabetes, including:

  • Infections
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Exposure to toxins or drugs
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Inherited genetic mutations
  • Arthritis
  • Chemotherapy

Nerve damage typically occurs with systemic diseases, although unknown causes make up 92% of patients with this condition. Peripheral Neuropathy can be familial (run in the family). When the root cause is unknown, it can be frustrating for you and your physician. Working with your Healthmark podiatrist, diagnosis and treatment are evaluated for your specific needs.

Treating Peripheral Neuropathy

Once diagnosed through a multitude of testing options, such as blood testing and diagnostic imaging, treatment options may include:

  • Medication 
  • Physical Therapy 
  • Surgery
  • Nerve Stimulation

Peripheral neuropathy may be mild and cause only mild discomfort; in other cases, it can be severe and disabling. If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of this condition, seeing a specialist as soon as possible is vital.

Are you looking for a nerve pain specialist in Philadelphia?

If you are looking for nerve pain care in Philadelphia, PA? Contact an experienced Healthmark Foot and Ankle Associate podiatrist today.