When the motor, sensory, and autonomic nerves that connect the spinal cord to muscles, skin, and internal organs are damaged or not functioning properly, that’s known as Peripheral Neuropathy. One of the places neuropathy most often affects is the feet. According to the Neuropathy Association, over 20 million people suffer from neuropathy. If you’re one of them you are probably all too familiar with symptoms:
- Heel pain, burning or tingling
- Pain in feet, toes, ankle that can be worse at night or that increases with activity
- Weakness, stiffness, or numbness in the feet
Neuropathy has many causes. It is often seen in patients with diabetes but it can also be a result of lower back problems such as bulging or herniated discs. Other causes are degenerative joint disease, alcoholism, trauma or injury, metabolic diseases, and chemotherapy. In some cases, no cause can be identified.
While it’s not always possible to cure, peripheral neuropathy can be controlled and its symptoms treated. At Edmond/Norman Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. A. Bil. Buksh, our board certified podiatrist can diagnose and treat your peripheral neuropathy. In fact, if you come to either our Edmond or Norman, OK office, you will be in one of the few places not only in Oklahoma or Cleveland County, but in the entire U.S. that actually treats the symptoms of neuropathy. In many cases we are able to treat it in office. Depending on your individual diagnosis, Dr. Buksh may suggest electrical treatment modalities, surgical nerve decompression, and medication to treat your neuropathy. He also has a very high success rate with surgically correcting this disorder.
Peripheral neuropathy may come and go, progress gradually, or become quite severe. The earlier it is diagnosed and treated, the better the outcome. If you are experiencing symptoms of neuropathy or have already been diagnosed and are looking for relief of symptoms, call one of our offices today to schedule an appointment.