Peripheral neuropathy is serious and can even be a dangerous nerve issue that often develops gradually over time which is a common condition we see in our office.
The peripheral nervous system works as a messenger to send sensation signals (pain, pleasure, etc.) from your body to your brain. Your brain then interprets these messages and lets you know what is happening. This is an important job because if you are in pain, then you can address whatever is causing it to avoid any harm to your body.
However, when peripheral neuropathy occurs, this becomes very difficult for the nerves to do. And this is where things can become dangerous. If the nerves have been damaged or destroyed by an underlying cause, you may begin to feel increasingly severe pain when there is nothing wrong or not feel the pain when a serious problem occurs.
If you believe you may be developing peripheral neuropathy—even if the symptoms do not yet seem severe—it is critical that you receive expert care and an evaluation from an expert as soon as possible. Our team at Capital Podiatry Associates is exceptionally qualified to diagnose and treat your peripheral neuropathy to keep you as active, pain-free, and safe as possible.
What Causes Peripheral Neuropathy?
Unmanaged diabetes is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy. Diabetes can cause stress on your body because of high blood sugar levels and high blood pressure. This makes it crucial to manage diabetes by maintaining low blood sugar levels and a weight healthy range.
Diabetes can be the main cause, but it is not the only cause of neuropathy. Other risk factors for peripheral neuropathy, include:
- Chronic inflammation
- Kidney disease
- Vitamin deficiency
Foot and ankle injuries are another common cause of neuropathy. Other reasons this condition can develop include exposure to toxins, autoimmune diseases, and certain kinds of medication.