Do you have foot pain, numbness, and balance problems?
You may have Peripheral Neuropathy
Are you struggling to sleep because of pain in your feet? Do you find your balance is poor? Do you hurt in feet, hands and legs day and night? You may have peripheral neuropathy and we can help.
There is a group of nerves that travel to the periphery of your body called the peripheral nervous system. These nerves relay messages to the brain and central nervous system and are responsible for sensations and movement. These nerves can be injured for many reasons, causing pain, stiffness, numbness, tingling and balance problems. These issues are often worse at night.
Peripheral neuropathy is characterized by changes in sensation, balance, and even movement. Left alone, it will get worse and can severely limit activity and sleep. We can help.
What causes Peripheral Neuropathy?
There are many causes of Peripheral Neuropathy, the most common being diabetes.
Other causes include:
- poor nutrition, especially lack of B vitamins
- vascular problems
- autoimmune diseases
- some cancers
These problems cause damage to the nerve, which leads to the pain, numbness and balance problems you may have.
Peripheral nerve damage, and thus Neuropathy, can affect virtually any part of the body, but most commonly begins with injury to the nerves farthest from the brain, affecting you with symptoms in your hands or feet. These symptoms include:
- numbness in hands or feet
- burning pain and sharp stabbing sensations, usually in hands and feet
- sensitivity, often in a glove or stocking distribution in hands and feet
- cramping in feet and legs
- loss of sensation and inability to feel feet and the floor
- loss of motor function, trouble walking, and weakness
Traditional Treatments for Neuropathy?
Unfortunately, our treatments for neuropathy have been embarrassingly ineffective. These treatments include:
- encouraging good nutrition
- addition of supplemental vitamins
- avoidance of alcohol and other toxins
- treatment of symptoms like pain and numbness with drugs: gabapentenoids
- avoidance of smoking and treatment of vascular diseases
- topical creams and gels
- use of walking assistance
- physical therapy for balance
You can learn more about traditional treatments at the foundation for peripheral neuropathy.