Peripheral neuropathy occurs when your peripheral nerves, which travel to the legs and arms, are damaged. When this happens, you'll experience abnormal or reduced sensation in the fingers and toes. In some cases, people may also find that they have difficulty moving these affected body parts.
Prompt diagnosis and treatment of this condition are vital since the peripheral nerves don’t regenerate quickly, and treatment is crucial to stopping the progression of neuropathy. Here at the Foot and Ankle Group, we can diagnose and treat neuropathy either in our Bordentown, Mount Laurel, or Columbus, NJ, offices or our Philadelphia, PA, office. Drs. Robert Filoramo and Mike Miller are two of the best podiatrists at our practice.
Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms
Symptoms include stabbing or shooting pain, burning, tingling, and/or numbness in the fingers and toes. Keep in mind that any abnormal sensations in these areas indicate peripheral neuropathy, and might be an early warning sign of another serious health problem like diabetes.
Home Care for Peripheral Neuropathy
Since reduced sensation develops over time, it is very easy to overlook an infection or injury. You need to examine your feet regularly and thoroughly and seek proper treatment for any issues you find right away. Otherwise, a seemingly minor scrape could develop into an infection. You should likewise wear proper footwear even inside the house to avoid injuries.
If you’re a diabetic, you also need to keep your blood sugar levels in check since uncontrolled blood sugar causes increased nerve damage. So take your medications and insulin as instructed and make sure to eat a healthy diet to keep neuropathy at bay. You should likewise go in for regular checkups with one of our podiatrists in our Philadelphia, PA, office or Bordentown, Mount Laurel, or Columbus, NJ, offices. Drs. Robert Filoramo and Mike Miller are here to address any of your concerns.
Why Working With a Podiatrist Is Crucial
Patients with peripheral neuropathy symptoms should work with a podiatrist with experience managing the condition. There is no cure for neuropathy. Likewise, effective diagnosis and treatment will depend significantly on what’s causing the nerve damage. Fortunately, early and proper treatment can slow down the disease’s progression, reduce pain, maintain foot health, and improve your overall quality of life.
Depending on the symptoms, your podiatrist may prescribe medications, walking aids, physical therapy, specific exercises, lifestyle modifications, surgery, and other treatments to address your specific concerns. You’ll also be given specific instructions on how to care for your feet to avoid complications.
Concerned About Peripheral Neuropathy?
Reach out to us here at The Foot and Ankle Group to schedule your consultation. You can call our Philadelphia, PA, office at (215) 332-5300, our Mount Laurel, NJ, office at (856) 234-0195, our Bordentown, NJ, office at (609) 291-0960, and our Columbus, NJ, office at (609) 298-7000. Drs. Robert Filoramo and Mike Miller, along with our other qualified podiatrists, are here for you.