What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
By The Foot and Ankle Group
February 11, 2016
Category: Foot Health
Tags: neuropathy  

Find out more about this nerve disorder and your treatment options.

The peripheral nervous system consists of motor and sensory nerves that connect the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. neuropathyWhen these peripheral nerves become damaged or diseased this is known as peripheral neuropathy. This condition happens to over 3 million Americans each year. Our expert podiatrists in Philadelphia know exactly what to do to help you manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

There are many different kinds of peripheral neuropathies, from carpal tunnel syndrome to diabetic-related nerve damage. Peripheral neuropathy tends to be more common in adults over the age of 55. Here are some of the more common types of peripheral neuropathies:


This is when a single peripheral nerve has become damaged. Traumatic injury tends to be the most common cause but prolonged pressure on the nerves and repetitive motions can also cause this form of peripheral neuropathy. Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common form of mononeuropathy and is caused by chronic overuse.


This is usually the most common type of peripheral neuropathy and occurs when multiple nerves stop functioning at the same time. There are many causes for polyneuropathy including poor nutrition, other complications from serious diseases like cancer, or alcohol abuse. One of the most common types of polyneuropathy is diabetic neuropathy, and it most often affects those who are unable to control their blood sugar levels.

Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy

If you notice any of these symptoms then it’s time to schedule an appointment with your Philadelphia foot doctor right away:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • A burning sensation or loss of sensation in the extremities
  • Poor coordination
  • Sharp or burning pain
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis

If you ever experience pain, tingling, weakness or numbness in your hands or feet then it’s time to see us right away. Early diagnosis is key!

You don’t have to figure out how to treat your condition by yourself. Turn to the foot care experts at The Foot & Ankle Group in Philadelphia. Call our office today to schedule an appointment to discuss your treatment options.