Do you regularly experience tingling, burning, or pins-and-needles sensations in your feet and toes? Believe it or not, nerve pains or neuropathy, affect approximately 50% of people with diabetes. At Lincoln Park Podiatry in Lincoln Park and Lake View, Illinois, Dr. Michael Williams regularly diagnoses and treats neuropathy using innovative methods of care. To make an appointment, call, or click today.
Neuropathy is the medical term for permanent nerve damage. Peripheral neuropathy is damage that affects your peripheral nerves, or the nerves that send sensory information to the rest of your body.
The leading cause of neuropathy is diabetes. If you have high blood sugar levels for an extended period of time, your nerves begin to deteriorate. Other common causes of nerve pain include exposure to toxic chemicals, traumatic injuries, and infection.
Each of the nerves in your peripheral system has a specific function. Therefore, the symptoms you experience depend on which nerves are injured. Telltale signs of peripheral neuropathy include:
As neuropathy progresses, you might also experience pain when you stand up, take a walk, or move your legs while laying down.
If you experience tingling, weakness, or numbness in your hands or feet, it’s important to seek medical treatment right away. Early diagnosis and treatment of nerve damage is the easiest and most effective way to prevent further damage and complications.
To diagnose nerve pain, your Lincoln Park Podiatry provider physically examines your feet, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms. They might also order blood tests or perform a neurological examination to test your reflexes. If these procedures don’t provide adequate information, a nerve function test or nerve biopsy may be necessary.
Treatment for nerve pain depends on the source and severity of your symptoms. Whenever possible, the team recommends conservative care and simple lifestyle changes. For example, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight significantly lower your risk of diabetes and further nerve damage.
If your nerve pain is mild, the team might recommend prescription painkillers, topical treatments, or physical therapy. They also offer in-office therapies, including electrical nerve stimulation. However, if your pain persists or nerve damage continues, surgical intervention may be necessary.
Don’t let nerve pain interfere with your quality of life. Make an appointment at Lincoln Park Podiatry by calling or clicking today.