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Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

It is easy to recognize the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, a condition that results from damage to the nerves in the body’s extremities. Burning, stabbing, and sometimes tingling pain in the feet are common, along with numbness and weakness. This is the result of the brain sending incorrect messages to the feet and toes. Peripheral neuropathy can be caused by diabetes, as the result of prolonged high blood sugar levels. Other causes include side effects of certain medications, hereditary factors, and autoimmune or kidney disease. It can also be a side effect of an underlying condition, such as obesity, alcohol abuse, and high blood pressure. In addition, a deficiency of vitamin B12 has been linked to developing peripheral neuropathy. While this condition is rarely cured, it can be managed to help reduce the symptoms. For more information about peripheral neuropathy that affects the feet and toes, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist. 


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 Dwayne A. Lay, DPM from Elite Foot and Ankle. Our doctor 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 office located in Canton, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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