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You're out in the summer air, having fun, and all of a sudden you notice a bit of numbness in your feet. Or maybe it feels like you're wearing a wet sock but when you check it’s not wet at all. Has this ever happened to you? If so, you may be one of the more than 20 million Americans who experience peripheral neuropathy. This can happen when any type of damage to the peripheral nervous system occurs. It’s a serious condition that should be treated right away.
Symptoms can occur gradually or may take several years to develop. People with peripheral neuropathy can experience a wide range of symptoms, including:
An experienced foot specialist can offer numerous treatments for peripheral neuropathy. Some have found padding can help. Most stores sell shoe inserts to cushion your feet. A good podiatrist can offer custom-made orthotics. These are specially designed to fit the unique shape of your foot to provide support in the exact areas needed.
Some people can improve their symptoms by simply changing their diet. This is especially true for diabetics. Quitting tobacco and cutting down on alcohol also helps. Exercise can improve blood circulation and help as well. About half of all patients suffering from peripheral neuropathy will end up needing surgery. Electrical muscle stimulation can be a good alternative to surgery.
Contact a podiatrist today if you or a loved one is suffering from any of the above symptoms. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries, and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.