Your feet are your base. They’re what support you, keep you upright, and make you feel balanced. When something goes wrong and you can’t feel the bottom of your feet, you could be at risk of an infection or serious injury.
Neuropathy is the result of damage to your nerve endings. This damage can happen for a variety of reasons. No matter why you have neuropathy, one thing is certain: you need treatment to put an end to the frustrating symptoms fast!
Symptoms of Neuropathy
Neuropathy is more than just a nuisance. It’s painful and irritating enough to destroy your day. Some of the most common symptoms of neuropathy include:
- Numbness, which can lead to difficulty walking or standing.
- Loss of balance due to the lack of feeling in your feet.
- A tingling sensation that feels like needles poking your feet.
- A burning sensation that makes your feet feel as if they’re on fire.
Sometimes you will only experience these symptoms once in awhile. As your neuropathy worsens, your symptoms may appear more regularly. None of these symptoms is something you should have to endure without care.
What’s Causing This to Happen?
One primary cause of neuropathy is diabetes. The high sugar levels damage your nerve endings. Another common cause is age. As you get older, your nerve endings become increasingly damaged or weakened. Other ailments can also cause neuropathy in your extremities.
In either case, your compromised immune system makes it difficult to overcome this damage. You need special care from a trained podiatrist.
Neuropathy Care That Works
There are a variety of ways that you can treat your neuropathy and help your feet get back to normal (or as normal as possible). Here are some of the things you can do at home or with help from your podiatrist.
- Exercise. If your neuropathy is in the beginning stages, keep exercising! Staying sedentary can make your neuropathy worse. It makes it harder for the vitamins and nutrients to reach the nerve endings in your feet, causing damage to happen faster than your nerves can heal.
- Eat Right. Take vitamins, eat nutrient-dense food, and watch your diet. The better you eat, the more nutrition your body has to fuel the recovery of your neuropathy.
- Medication. Pain medication or anti-seizure medication is commonly used to minimize the symptoms of neuropathy. This is often helpful in motivating you to get active.
- Therapy. Your podiatrist might recommend that you undergo therapy, such as electro-magnetic therapy, to stimulate the healing of your nerves. In more serious cases, you might need to get plasma or blood exchanges to promote healthier blood flow to your feet.
No matter how severe your neuropathy might be, it’s important that you seek care from a podiatrist.
Dr. Gasparini is skilled in helping people like you feel better and alleviate the annoying, painful symptoms of this common foot condition. Contact our office at 844-899-8658 to schedule your appointment. Your health is important! Don’t wait to get started treating your neuropathy.