A Sensitive Issue

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Those who experience muscle weakness as well as a loss of feeling and the ability to distinguish hot and cold in the feet may have peripheral neuropathy.  There are numerous causes of this condition including injury from trauma and inflammation or nerve destruction by disease.  Common diseases such as diabetes, vitamin deficiency, and alcoholism can also lead to neuropathy.  Symptoms usually progress slowly over a period of months.  Pain and numbness ensue, and the skin can become extremely sensitive.  Although there is no proven treatment for peripheral neuropathy, there are some options available to help relieve the symptoms.  If you suspect that you are experiencing neuropathy, make an appointment with your podiatrist immediately.

            The first step in treating any foot problem is an accurate diagnosis.  This requires a comprehensive history, physical exam, and, in some cases, x-rays and lab tests.  Depend on it – whatever is causing your foot pain, whether its peripheral neuropathy, a hereditary condition, or any number of ills that can plague the feet – you can count on us for relief.  For family podiatry that combines state-of-the-art technology and old-fashioned care and compassion, call 508-757-4003 for an appointment at 299 Lincoln Street, Suite 202, Worcester.

 

HINT:  Certain antidepressants and anti-seizure medications are effective for relieving neuropathy symptoms in some people.