Various Risk Factors for Foot Neuropathy
Foot neuropathy, characterized by nerve damage in the feet, can be influenced by various risk factors. Diabetes stands as a primary risk factor, as prolonged high blood sugar levels can lead to nerve damage, causing sensory disturbances in the feet. Alcohol abuse is another significant factor, as excessive alcohol consumption can harm nerves and contribute to neuropathy in the feet. Vitamin deficiencies, particularly B vitamins, may also increase the risk of foot neuropathy. Certain medications, such as chemotherapy drugs and those used to treat HIV, can have neuropathy as a side effect. Physical trauma, repetitive stress, or injuries to the feet can damage nerves and lead to neuropathy. Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus may trigger autoimmune responses that damage nerves in the feet. Hereditary factors, including a family history of neuropathy, could elevate the risk. Awareness of these diverse risk factors is vital for early detection and prevention of foot neuropathy. If you suffer from this condition, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an examination and appropriate treatment.
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 one of our podiatrists from InStride Family Foot Care. Our doctors 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:
- 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 Concord, Charlotte, and Salisbury, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.