Numbness and tingling pain in your feet are telltale signs of neuropathy. At Maryland Podiatry Services in Baltimore, Maryland, board-certified podiatrist Felicia Armstrong, DPM, performs comprehensive evaluations to determine the source of your neuropathy symptoms. Once she identifies the root cause of your pain, Dr. Armstrong designs a treatment plan that works to resolve your neuropathy discomfort. If you’re experiencing numbness or weakness in your hands and feet, call or book an appointment online now.
Neuropathy, or peripheral neuropathy, refers to nerve damage outside of the brain and spinal cord. While neuropathy can occur nearly anywhere in your body, it most commonly affects the hands and feet.
The peripheral nervous system is responsible for delivering information from your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body. When injuries, infections, or metabolic problems damage your peripheral nerves, you may experience uncomfortable tingling or burning in your hands and feet.
Because your peripheral nerves each serve a certain function and purpose, your symptoms depend on which nerves are damaged. Some of the most common signs of neuropathy include:
Neuropathy can make your feet extremely sensitive. Many people with neuropathy feel discomfort when they put any weight on their feet. It can be painful to even lay a blanket on them.
A number of conditions and injuries can lead to neuropathy pain in your hands and feet, including:
High blood sugar levels cause diabetes. When your blood sugar levels aren’t regulated, they can damage nerves and blood vessels throughout your body, leading to neuropathy. More than half of people with diabetes develop some form of neuropathy.
Arthritis is a chronic disorder that causes joint inflammation. When your joints become inflamed, they can press on surrounding nerves and lead to neuropathic pain.
Certain viral and bacterial infections, including Lyme disease, shingles, hepatitis C, and HIV, can cause neuropathy in your hands and feet.
If you’re deficient in vitamin B or E — both responsible for maintaining nerve health — you can experience chronic neuropathic pain.
Neuropathy primarily affects the extremities, particularly the feet, which is why it’s important to talk to Dr. Armstrong about creating a treatment plan that addresses your concerns. Once she identifies the cause of your neuropathy, she can develop a plan that targets your symptoms.
If you have a vitamin deficiency, Dr. Armstrong may recommend an array of vitamins that support nerve health. Along with vitamins and supplements, physical therapy can stretch and strengthen the muscles in your feet to reduce chronic nerve pain.
Certain oral medications can also help alleviate nerve pain and tingling in your hands and feet.
For a comprehensive treatment plan that eliminates neuropathic pain, call Maryland Podiatry Services or book an appointment online today.