Neuropathy is a serious complication that can severely impact the feet when it comes with full force. Our team at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, located in Texas, can guide you and deliver treatment that can help give you the best chance of fighting this condition, all at one of our following locations: Northwest Houston (281) 444-4114, Northeast Houston (281) 446-7773, Tomball (281) 351-8866, Liberty Dayton (936) 336-2633, The Woodlands (936) 231-8500 and Atascocita (281) 883-4849.
Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition whereby nerves in the hands and feet are damaged and the signals they transmit to the brain are askew. This condition gets worse over time and can cause the loss of feeling, muscle function, or constant discomfort. Factors leading to this condition include diabetes, inherited disorders or autoimmune diseases. Symptoms of this condition in the feet may include the following:
·Shooting pains in the feet
·Feet that feel heavy
Actions to take to counteract this condition include exercising, utilizing proper foot wear with large toe boxes to prevent friction or unnecessary injuries, orthotics and special shoes for diabetics that can decrease pressure in the zones of the foot that are most vulnerable to aching. When diagnosing this condition, medical professionals may utilize tests such as electromyography that can distinguish the specific location of the offending neuropathy pain. Biopsies may also be utilized to assess the tiny nerves in the skin of the foot to determine the extent of damage caused by this condition. Once diagnosed, treatment options can include medications, physical therapy or acupuncture. However, for more severe conditions where pain continues to occur, surgery may be required. One such promising procedure is nerve decompression surgery, which can reverse the symptoms of numbness and thereby avoid major complications leading to potential amputation.
This condition can lead to a complete loss of sensation in important areas of the foot, causing far reaching consequences to anyone. Therefore, please do not hesitate to contact us at your earliest chance to let us help you put a stop to your neuropathy.