West Suburban Podiatry
Podiatric Physicians and Surgeons located in Western Springs, IL
If you experience numbness and pain in your legs, you may have a condition called neuropathy. At West Suburban Podiatry in Western Springs, Illinois, the leading podiatrists offer several safe and effective neuropathy treatments. The practice specializes in individualized care and works with each patient to determine the best solution for their condition. To speak with a doctor about your symptoms, call the office or book your appointment online today.
Neuropathy Q & A
What is neuropathy?
Your peripheral nerves are the nerves that exist outside of your brain and spinal cord, like the nerves in your arms, legs, and feet. Your nerves are responsible for sending messages between your brain and different areas of your body.
Damage or dysfunction to your peripheral nerves is called neuropathy. Also called peripheral neuropathy, the condition causes symptoms like numbness, tingling, and burning pain.
Although neuropathy can affect any of the nerves throughout your body, it typically affects the hands, legs, and feet.
Damage to the nerves in your feet can increase your risk of infections, burns, falls, and other types of injuries.
What causes neuropathy?
Common causes of neuropathy include:
- Traumatic injuries
- Autoimmune diseases
A traumatic injury like a fall or car accident can damage your nerves resulting in neuropathy. Tumors or other growths can put pressure on your nerves leading to pain, tingling, and numbness.
Diabetes is responsible for the majority of neuropathy cases. Diabetes is a common condition that can damage the nerves and blood vessels in your feet. Diabetic neuropathy affects nearly 50% of people with diabetes.
When should I see a doctor about my neuropathy?
Depending on the cause of your neuropathy, your symptoms can worsen without proper treatment.
If you notice signs of neuropathy, book an appointment at West Suburban Podiatry as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential to preventing further damage to your nerves.
How is neuropathy diagnosed?
Neuropathy has many different causes, so your podiatrist may perform tests to diagnose your condition accurately. In addition to a physical exam, your podiatrist may conduct additional tests like:
- Blood test
- Nerve function test
After your diagnosis, your doctor works with you to determine the best treatment for your neuropathy.
What treatments are available for neuropathy?
Treatment depends on the underlying cause of your neuropathy. In most cases, treating the underlying cause of your neuropathy is the best way to relieve your symptoms. Depending on your diagnosis, treatment may include:
- Pain relievers
- Topical medication
- Physical therapy
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
Your doctor may suggest surgery to relieve pressure on your nerves. During your appointment, you and your doctor work together to develop your individualized treatment plan.
If you suffer from neuropathy symptoms, book an appointment at West Suburban Podiatry by phone or schedule online today.
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