Peripheral Neuropathy is a loss of peripheral nerves that can cause pain in the legs and feet. This is most commonly associated with diabetes, but can also be associated with chemotherapy, anemia, vitamin deficiences and other medical conditions.
The pain can vary with each person, possibly burning, tingling, numbness, hot or cold stabbing pain, achy and many other descriptions. The symptoms are usually noted at night or when resting, although they may be bothersome all the time.
Low back issues can also cause some of the above symptoms.
The concerns with diabetes is pain and loss of sensation in the feet. When loss of sensation is noted in a diabetic patient, it can increase the chances of skin break down and foot ulcerations which can lead to many diabetic complications.
The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can be treated with some topical and oral medicatons. Also acupuncture and a pain specialist can help treat the symptoms. Neuropathy can have difficult sypmtoms to treat, everyone seems to respond differently with regards to the different treatments. Make and appointment for an evaluation and discussion on the possible therapy for neuropathy.
All diabetics should be checked each year for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, if DPN is suspected, treatment can sometimes be given to decrease the chances of foot pressure points.
In my office I can do a clinical check of your feet and a nerve conduction test to evaluate for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy and loss of sensation.
If you have any concerns, please make an appointement and let us help you with your pain.