Do you experience frequent foot pain, whether you’re actually putting weight on your feet or are just relaxing on the couch? Do you feel like you have socks on your feet even when you aren’t wearing socks?
If you’re having these symptoms but have not experienced any kind of foot injury or trauma, you may have peripheral neuropathy. Let’s explore what peripheral neuropathy is, what it can do to your feet, and where you can go for excellent men’s health, diabetes care, and medical wellness to keep you healthy.
What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy is the damage or dysfunction of one or more peripheral nerves (nerves located outside of your brain and spinal cord, which together comprise your central nervous system) – the peripheral nervous system serves the rest of your body, such as your arms and legs. Your peripheral nervous system is a network of nerves that communicate to and from the central nervous system.
Any damage to the nerves disrupts the way in which they communicate with each other throughout the nervous system, and this can result in symptoms such as foot pain. Peripheral neuropathy can affect the hands and arms, but it most often affects the feet and lower legs. This is because the feet are so far away from the heart, so circulation is at its weakest in that location of the body – and a lack of blood circulation in an area will harm the adjacent nerves.
Because diabetes interferes with blood circulation due to excess glucose in the blood, diabetic neuropathy tends to occur most often in the feet, where circulation is most naturally sluggish in the circulatory system. Peripheripheral neuropathy can cause foot pain, numbness, and tingling.
Signs of Peripheral Neuropathy in the Foot
Common signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy affecting the foot are:
- Pain on walking
- Swollen feet
- Difficulty sensing foot movement or position
- Loss of muscle tone in the feet
- Increased susceptibility to falls due to loss of balance
- Change in gait (the way you walk)
- Tingling (pins and needles) in your feet that can spread to legs
- Extreme pain in feet even when they are slightly touched
Other signs of peripheral neuropathy include:
- Severe pain in the hands or feet, especially at night
- Changes in sensation, such as the inability to feel touch, temperature, and pressure
- Extreme sensitivity to touch
- Sharp, burning, stabbing, throbbing, or electric pain in the extremities
- Muscle twitching and cramps
- Inability to move a body part (paralysis)
- Dropping things out of your hands
- Sexual dysfunction
- Unexplained weight loss
Peripheral Neuropathy and Foot Pain Treatment
If you are having these symptoms, such as foot pain, seek treatment at NIVA Health. We can help you to prevent peripheral neuropathy from affecting your daily activities and quality of life.
At NIVA Health, our nerve stimulation therapy and red-light therapy can help to repair and regenerate damaged nerves. The treatment can provide long-lasting relief from painful symptoms of neuropathy.