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Neuropathy is a condition that occurs due to nerve damage within the peripheral nervous system. The condition can result in a variety of symptoms, including tingling, numbness, and paralysis. Neuropathy can affect different areas of the body. When it affects the feet and legs, treatment is best sought through a podiatrist. The doctors at The Foot & Ankle Group are your podiatrists for the treatment of neuropathy in Philadelphia.
What is neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a condition that develops when a person has sustained nerve damage. The condition typically affects the feet and legs, but can also affect the hands and arms. In some cases, neuropathy can even affect the face. In Philadelphia, neuropathy that affects the feet and legs can be treated by a podiatrist at The Foot & Ankle Group.
What are the symptoms of neuropathy?
Neuropathy can produce many different symptoms. Common symptoms include:
- Burning sensation
- Heavy feeling in the legs
- Sharp, stabbing pains
What causes neuropathy?
There are several possible causes of neuropathy. Suffering nerve damage following trauma or an injury is one cause of neuropathy. Having diabetes can also increase a person’s risk for developing neuropathy. Other causes of neuropathy include having high blood pressure, being overweight, exposure to toxins, or having an autoimmune disease.
Can neuropathy be treated?
Neuropathy can be treated, and there are several options available from our Philadelphia practice, including medications, therapy, and surgery. Anti-Inflammatory medications, whether over-the-counter or prescription, can minimize the pain and discomfort associated with neuropathy. Other types of medications that can be used to alleviate neuropathy pain include immunosuppressants and anti-seizure medications.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a therapeutic treatment that involves the placement of electrodes on the skin. Electric current from the electrodes blocks pain signals from traveling to the brain, which helps alleviate pain and discomfort. Another option for treating neuropathy is nerve decompression surgery. Affected nerves are given more space, thus reducing pressure on those nerves and alleviating pain.
What can happen if neuropathy is left untreated?
If left untreated, neuropathy can cause balance problems, the development of skin ulcers, and put an individual at the risk of infection. For individuals with diabetes, severe cases of neuropathy that go untreated, and lead to amputation of the foot or leg.
You do not have to struggle with the pain and discomfort of neuropathy. Help is available. For the neuropathy treatment in Philadelphia, PA, schedule an appointment with one of the podiatrists at The Foot & Ankle Group by calling (215) 332-5300. New Jersey office locations include Mount Laurel at (856) 234-0195, Bordentown at (609) 291-0960, or Columbus at (609) 298-7000.
Find out how to prevent foot complications from happening to you.
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes the first thing you want to do is work with your doctor to create a treatment plan that will keep your blood sugar in check. Making sure your blood sugar is within a healthy range is key to preventing health problems. Of course, one of the most commonly affected areas of the body when you have diabetes is your feet. Our Philadelphia, PA, podiatrists are here to tell you what you can do to prevent diabetic-related foot complications.
Examine Feet Daily
The only way you are going to know if there is a problem with your feet is if you are checking them out thoroughly every day to look for symptoms such as swelling, redness, tenderness to the touch, corns and calluses, cuts, open wounds and other problems that could easily turn more serious. Detecting these problems now and getting the proper care from our Philadelphia foot doctor could prevent serious complications from happening.
Stay Physically Active
One way to keep your blood sugar levels in check is to get up and moving; however, we understand that if you are new to a workout routine you may want to sit down and talk to us about how to start. Furthermore, you’ll want to make sure you have the right shoes and perhaps even custom orthotics to ensure that your feet don’t cause you problems as you begin your new workout regimen.
Keep Feet Clean
Your feet, just like the rest of you, need to be properly cleaned every day. When you get in the shower or the tub make sure you are using soap and water to clean every area of your feet, including between toes. This is a surefire way to get rid of bacteria responsible for infections such as athlete’s foot. Once you get out of the shower, make sure to completely and thoroughly dry off your feet.
Always Wear Shoes
Going barefoot is a bad idea when you have diabetes. This is because a lot of people with diabetes also have some degree of nerve damage in their feet and don’t know when they’ve stepped on something that could cause a foot injury. Wearing socks and shoes ensures that you keep your feet free from cuts, sores and wounds.
Trim Your Toenail
Long toenails can also increase your chances for ingrown toenails. To prevent this problem it’s important to keep your toenails trimmed regularly. Toenails should be trimmed straight across (never at an angle) and should be level with the tips of your toes. Toenails that are trimmed too low are also at risk for an ingrown toenail. Having trouble trimming your nails yourself? No problem; our podiatrist can do that for you!
The Foot & Ankle Group in Philadelphia, PA, and Mount Laurel, Bordentown, and Columbus, NJ, is dedicated to providing patients of all ages with the proper foot and ankle care they need. If you have diabetes you may have questions along the way about your foot care regimen. Turn to our expert podiatric team anytime.
Everyone experiences a little foot pain from time to time. Common conditions like plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis can cause temporary heel pain that can interfere with your workouts and everyday movements. Although many foot and ankle conditions can be treated with conservative options like rest or physical therapy depending on the cause and severity, surgery is sometimes the most effective option to alleviate pain and repair soft tissue damage or bone fractures. The podiatrists at The Foot and Ankle Group in Mount Laurel, Bordentown, and Columbus, NJ and Philadelphia, PA offer minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery for a number of orthopedic injuries.
Foot and Ankle Surgery in Mount Laurel, Bordentown, Columbus, and Philadelphia
There are many foot and ankle injuries which can range in severity from mild to severe. Heel pain is one of the most common complaints for active individuals who work out regularly, engage in endurance sports like marathon running, or generally spend a lot of time on their feet. And in some cases, the way your feet are shaped can also make injuries and pain more likely. If you have low arches (also known as flat feet), you may be more susceptible to problems like inflammation or joint pain in the future (speak to a podiatrist about the best supportive footwear or to find out if orthotics might be right for you).
When is Foot and Ankle Surgery Necessary?
Depending on the nature and severity of the injury, podiatrists generally prescribe conservative treatments as a first resort for some of the most common foot and ankle injuries, which include:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendon problems
- Bone spurs
But sometimes surgery is the best option to relieve chronic pain and damage to tissue or joints, which can impact your ability to exercise, walk properly, wear your favorite shoes, and enjoy your normal quality of life. Surgery can also help to improve the appearance of your feet by repairing deformities and abnormalities.
Find a Podiatrist in Mount Laurel, Bordentown, Columbus, and Philadelphia
Sometimes surgery is the best option to treat a foot and ankle injury, or to alleviate chronic pain. For more information and to obtain an accurate diagnosis, contact The Foot and Ankle Group to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist by calling (856) 234-0195 for Mount Laurel, NJ, (609) 291-0960 for Bordentown, NJ, (609) 298-7000 for Columbus, NJ, and (215) 332-5300 for Philadelphia, PA.
Neuropathy symptoms can make your life miserable. Luckily, podiatrists offer effective treatments that can reduce or relieve your painful symptoms. The podiatrists at The Foot and Ankle Group in Philadelphia, PA, and Mt. Laurel, Columbus and Bordentown, NJ, discuss neuropathy and explain several treatment options that may be helpful.
Nerve damage causes painful symptoms
Nerve damage is the cause of neuropathy, a condition that commonly affects people who have diabetes. The condition can also be caused by medication side effects, infections, autoimmune diseases, injuries, or aging.
If you have neuropathy, you may notice numbness, tingling or a pins-and-needles sensation in your feet. Although none of these symptoms is very pleasant, numbness is a particularly serious consequence of neuropathy because it may lead to serious foot infections. If you can't feel your feet, you can't tell when you experience a cut or other minor injury. Without proper treatment, small scrapes or burst blisters can easily become infected.
Other signs of neuropathy include burning or shooting pain, hot or cold sensations, extreme sensitivity to touch or pressure, cramps, swelling, balance issues and difficulty walking.
Foot doctors offer effective treatments for neuropathy
We offer a variety of treatments that may be helpful, such as prescription medications that decrease pain and burning. If your condition is caused by an autoimmune disorder, we may recommend an immunosuppressant medication.
Physical therapy treatment can help you improve your balance and your ability to walk easily. Orthotics, custom-designed shoe inserts, may also be recommended, particularly if your feet have become numb. Orthotics reduce foot movement when you wear shoes, preventing blisters.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) treatment may be helpful in relieving neuropathy symptoms. The therapy uses gentle electrical currents to prevent pain signals from traveling to your brain.
Reduce pain, tingling and other neuropathy symptoms with a visit to The Foot & Ankle Group. Call the Philadelphia, PA, office at (215) 332-5300, the Mt. Laurel, NJ, office at (856) 234-0195, the Bordentown, NJ, office at (609) 291-0960 or the Columbus, NJ, office at (609) 298-7000 to schedule an appointment.
Chronic lateral ankle pain is recurring or chronic pain that occurs on the outside part of the ankle. Oftentimes this pain develops after an injury such as a sprained ankle. A Philadelphia, PA, Columbus, Mount Laurel and Bordentown NJ, podiatrist at the Foot & Ankle Group can fully examine your foot to determine the course for your pain. After this evaluation, a series of treatments can be suggested to help improve upon or to alleviate your pain entirely.
Signs of Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain
Some of the most common signs of this condition include:
- Difficulty walking
- Pain on the outside of the ankle
- Repeated sprained ankles
There are many causes for this and the Philadelphia, PA, Columbus, Mount Laurel and Bordentown NJ, podiatrists can determine the cause of your pain. Some of the most common include a fracture, arthritis, inflammation, nerve injury, scar tissue or a damaged or torn tendon.
In terms of diagnosing this pain, the first step is identifying the cause. This requires asking you several questions, such as:
- When did the pain start?
- Have you had any kind of treatment?
- How long has the pain existed?
- Does the pain ever go away?
A number of tests including an x-ray may be required in order to rule out a fracture as a cause of your ankle pain. CT scan, bone scan or MRIs may also be needed depending on one’s injury.
After diagnosing the cause of the pain, a podiatrist will need to decide on the best course of treatment. Treating this ankle pain includes anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, steroid medication, ankle braces or supports or immobilization (if a fracture). If these treatments don’t provide relief, surgery may be required.
To learn the cause of your ankle pain, schedule an appointment with a Philadelphia, PA, Columbus, Mount Laurel and Bordentown NJ, doctor at the Foot & Ankle Group.