Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Peripheral neuropathy, a condition characterized by nerve damage in the feet and other extremities, can significantly impact your quality of life by affecting your ability to perform everyday tasks. At Austin Foot & Ankle Center, we understand the complexities of peripheral neuropathy and are dedicated to providing comprehensive care to manage and alleviate its symptoms.

Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy can stem from various causes, with diabetes being the primary contributor. High blood sugar levels associated with diabetes can lead to nerve swelling, inflammation, and eventual damage. In some cases, peripheral neuropathy is inherited, presenting similar nerve damage symptoms regardless of diabetes.

Recognizing the Symptoms

The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy vary widely but commonly include:

  • Sensory Changes: Burning, tingling, or a “pins and needles” sensation.
  • Loss of Sensation: Reduced ability to feel temperature changes or pain.
  • Motor Symptoms: Muscle weakness and cramping, potentially leading to muscle atrophy.
  • Difficulty Walking: Instability and challenges in ambulation due to sensory and motor symptoms.

These symptoms not only affect mobility and daily activities but can also lead to limb-threatening complications if left unaddressed.

Diagnosis and Evaluation

Diagnosing peripheral neuropathy involves a thorough evaluation by our foot and ankle surgeons, including a detailed medical history review, physical examination, and symptom assessment. To confirm the diagnosis and assess the extent of nerve damage, various nerve testing procedures may be conducted.

Comprehensive Treatment Options

Our dedicated team of foot and ankle surgeons employs a multidisciplinary approach to manage this condition, focusing on alleviating symptoms, enhancing stability, and preventing further progression. Here’s a closer look at the comprehensive treatment options available:

Medication Management

  • Oral Medications: We prescribe a variety of oral medications aimed at reducing neuropathic pain and improving nerve function. These may include pain relievers, anti-seizure medications that are found to be effective in treating nerve pain, and antidepressants that can also help with pain management.
  • Topical Treatments: For those who may experience side effects from oral medications, topical creams, and patches can offer localized relief from neuropathic pain without systemic side effects.

Custom Orthotic Devices

Custom-fitted orthotic devices play a crucial role in our treatment strategy. These specially designed inserts provide support where it’s needed most, redistributing pressure away from sensitive areas, improving foot stability, and reducing the risk of injuries that patients with neuropathy may not detect due to loss of sensation.

Advanced Laser Therapy

Leveraging the latest in medical technology, we offer advanced laser therapy as a non-invasive option to reduce pain and inflammation associated with peripheral neuropathy. This innovative treatment encourages cellular repair and nerve regeneration, offering hope for symptom improvement without the need for surgery.

Take Action Against Peripheral Neuropathy

If you’re experiencing symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, early intervention is key to managing the condition effectively. At Austin Foot & Ankle Center, our team of specialists is ready to provide the care and support you need to navigate this challenging condition. With state-of-the-art treatments and a patient-centered approach, we’re dedicated to helping you achieve optimal foot health and regain your independence.

Don’t let peripheral neuropathy hold you back. Contact Austin Foot & Ankle Center today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards effective management and relief. Our expert team is here to guide you through your treatment options and support you every step of the way.

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9012 Research Boulevard #C-13
Austin, TX 78758

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Austin, TX 78759

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