There are several types of neuropathy, a condition that affects the body’s nerves. Peripheral neuropathy is one of the most common forms and it affects over 30 million Americans of all ages. However, this common condition is more prevalent in those over 40 years old. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy then there’s no doubt you have questions about your conditions. Your Norman podiatrist gives you the scoop on neuropathy and what you can do to stay healthy.
What causes peripheral neuropathy?
There are a variety of factors that can cause peripheral neuropathy:
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Kidney failure
- Hereditary disorders
However, there are some forms of neuropathy in which the cause is unknown (better known as idiopathic neuropathy).
What are the common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?
Everyone will experience different symptoms of differing severities; however, the most common symptoms include tingling and pain in the hands and feet; difficulty walking; numbness in the feet and hands, and heaviness in the legs. Some symptoms come on suddenly while others are gradual.
Is there a cure for peripheral neuropathy?
While extensive research is being conducted to find a cure for neuropathy, there is currently no cure. However, symptoms can be effectively treated. If you are experiencing foot problems as a result of your neuropathy, talk to your Norman podiatrist about treatment options. If your neuropathy is a result of untreated diabetes, make sure to talk to your health provider about getting your diabetes under control.
How do I care for my feet when I have peripheral neuropathy?
For those with nerve damage or lose of sensation in their feet, it can be hard to notice when a blister or wound appears. However, these changes can cause serious complications if left untreated. Here are some things you can do to protect your feet.
- Clean and moisturize your feet every day. Also, be sure to dry your feet thoroughly.
- Examine your feet and check for any swelling, redness, cuts, sores or blisters. If you notice any problems, call us right away.
- Trim your toenails when necessary to avoid ingrown toenails.
- Find shoes that offer superior support and protection. Look for shoes that are form-fitted but aren’t too snug. Always wear shoes or socks, even while inside.
Be proactive about caring for your feet and you’ll prevent complications from arising. If you notice any foot problems or you have any questions about your condition, your Norman podiatrist is here to help. Call us anytime to schedule an appointment. Not sure whether your problem warrants a visit? Call us and tell us your concern. We would be happy to tell you whether you need to come in for a checkup.
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