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Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition resulting from damage to the peripheral nerves, which connect the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. It often occurs due to diabetes, infections, injuries, or exposure to toxins. Diagnosis involves a thorough medical history review, physical examination, and tests like nerve conduction studies, electromyography, or EMGs, and blood tests to determine underlying causes. Symptoms can include numbness, tingling, burning sensations, and pain, usually starting in the hands and feet. Muscle weakness and sensitivity to touch are also common. These symptoms can lead to complications like balance problems, foot ulcers, and infections due to unnoticed injuries. Treatment focuses on managing the underlying cause, relieving symptoms, and preventing complications. This may include medications, gentle exercises, and lifestyle changes such as improving diet and controlling blood sugar levels. If you have peripheral neuropathy, it is suggested that you visit  a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and management.


Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with one of our podiatrists from Apple Podiatry Group. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.


To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Arlington Fort Worth, And Flower Mound, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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