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Facts About Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy, commonly associated with diabetes, is nerve damage that primarily affects the extremities, especially the feet and legs. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include burning, tingling, numbness, pain, and weakness. These often worsen at night and lead to balance issues and difficulty walking. Peripheral neuropathy can increase the risk of foot problems, such as blisters and sores, that go unnoticed. This can result in severe infections, ulcers, or even loss of limb if left untreated. Diagnosis by a podiatrist involves medical history, physical examination, and tests like neurological exams and foot sensation assessments. Prevention entails meticulous diabetes management, regular foot care, and prompt treatment of any foot issues. Collaboration with healthcare professionals, especially a podiatrist, is vital for effective management of peripheral neuropathy. In order to improve and preserve foot health, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who is medically trained to treat this condition. 


Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Kevin Powers, DPM from The Center for Lower Extremity Nerve Surgery. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.


To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Indianapolis and Bloomington, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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