Neuropathy Specialist

Professional Podiatry Services of New York

Board Certified Podiatrist Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY

You shouldn’t ignore tingling, burning, or stabbing pain in your hands and feet. These symptoms may indicate a type of nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. At Professional Podiatry Services of New York in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, the team can relieve your symptoms and help you avoid complications with noninvasive treatments. To find out what’s causing your neuropathy and how you can treat it, call Professional Podiatry Services of New York, or request an appointment online today.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy, or peripheral neuropathy, is a nerve damage disorder that causes your nerves to malfunction. They might send pain signals to your brain with no reason, or make you feel tingling or burning sensations. 

The sensations that people with peripheral neuropathy vary. They often manifest in your hands or feet, with pain or numbness that spreads up your arms and legs. Common neuropathy symptoms are:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Stabbing pain
  • Heat and burning sensations
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Poor coordination
  • Touch sensitivity


You might get neuropathy in just one nerve or throughout your body. If you notice symptoms, you should seek treatment right away to stop the condition from getting worse.

What causes neuropathy?

More than half of people with neuropathy have it because of diabetes. Over time, the high amount of glucose, or sugar, in your blood causes damage to nerves. Neuropathy is a long-lasting effect of this nerve damage. 

You might have neuropathy without diabetes. There are many possible causes of neuropathy beyond diabetic nerve damage, including:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Nerve damage from traumatic injuries
  • Alcoholism
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Certain medications


The team at Professional Podiatry Services of New York asks about your general health, your lifestyle, and any past injuries that might contribute to your neuropathy.

How can I manage my neuropathy?

Managing your neuropathy may involve managing the condition leading to it. For example, if you have diabetic neuropathy, controlling your blood sugar levels can reduce your neuropathic symptoms. For any type of neuropathy, the team at Professional Podiatry Services of New York might recommend a combination of:

Medications

Certain medications, like pain relievers, antidepressants, and anti-seizure medications, can help alleviate some of the symptoms of neuropathy. They’re especially effective when combined with other treatments and lifestyle changes. 

Therapies

Specific medical treatments and therapies can also aid in controlling symptoms of neuropathy. The team at Professional Podiatry Services of New York might recommend transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation (TENS) to stop your nerves from sending pain signals to your brain.

Home care and lifestyle changes

You can avoid complications from your neuropathy and reduce some symptoms with changes to your lifestyle at home. The team at Professional Podiatry Services of New York might recommend taking time to move around after sitting still for a long time, wearing stable shoes, and refraining from or quitting smoking.  \

To start on your personalized neuropathy management plan, call Professional Podiatry Services of New York, or request an appointment online today.