Nerve damage from peripheral neuropathy can cause abnormal sensations, such as tingling that progresses to a burning, stinging type of pain in the feet. The compassionate team at Augusta Foot & Ankle, PC in Evans, Georgia offers specialized care for this painful condition. Since they opened their doors in 2001, the doctors at Augusta Foot & Ankle clinic have devoted themselves to providing quality, state-of-the-art care to patients in their community. To learn more about relieving your peripheral neuropathy pain today, call Augusta Foot & Ankle or schedule an appointment online.
Peripheral neuropathy is a problem affecting the nerves of your peripheral nervous system. There are two parts of your nervous system: the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system.
The central nervous system is made up of your brain, spinal cord, and nerves. They’re protected by your skull, spine, and vertebral canal. The rest of the nerves in your body are part of the peripheral nervous system. This complex system sends information from your central nervous system throughout your body.
When your peripheral nervous system is damaged, you can experience numbness, pain, and weakness. While this can affect any part of your body, you usually experience it primarily in your hands and feet. Peripheral neuropathy can lead to foot infections, ulcers, and gangrene.
Diabetes is the most common cause of chronic peripheral neuropathy, damaging the nerves through high blood sugar. Damage to the peripheral nervous system can also result from several other conditions, such as:
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can vary, but typically include:
You might also experience stabbing, burning, shooting pains, or a sensation of pins and needles that can intensify at night.
If you have diabetes, then controlling your blood sugars is the first step in managing peripheral neuropathy. Proper foot care with daily inspections is vital to preventing foot complications related to neuropathy. The doctors at Augusta Foot & Ankle, PC offer several treatment options for peripheral neuropathy that’s affecting your feet. Depending on your symptoms and the cause of your peripheral neuropathy, your doctor might recommend a variety of options.
Additional padding can increase your comfort by cushioning your feet through socks, shoes, or custom orthotics. If diabetes causes your neuropathy, then you may qualify for diabetic shoes with special inserts, which may help with the discomfort and provide additional protection to your feet.
Peripheral neuropathy may be treated with various oral and topical medications. The knowledgeable physicians will determine if these medications may be right for you to help with your nerve symptoms.
The doctors of Augusta Foot & Ankle also offer MLS® Laser Therapy. This new and innovative treatment for the chronic and acute pain associated with neuropathy is performed in the office without any discomfort or side effects.
If you need help managing your peripheral neuropathy symptoms, call Augusta Foot & Ankle, PC or schedule an appointment online today.