Q What is peripheral neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy is a disease involving nerves in the body that carry messages to the brain and spinal cord. There are several conditions that can result in damage to these nerves such as traumatic injury, alcoholism, rheumatoid arthritis, vitamin deficiencies and kidney or thyroid disease. All of these conditions impact the ability of nerves to communicate, impair muscle movement and limit normal sensations.
Feet often fall victim to this type of nerve damage, which often causes a “pins and needles” or burning sensation. Neuropathy is a common side effect of diabetes as high blood sugar levels can damage nerves in the feet. Symptoms range from mild to severe and for some can be disabling. To protect feet and ensure long-term foot health, treatment and prevention must be a priority.
If you have any loss of sensation in your feet, or have tingling, burning or pain, please seek care as soon as possible, especially if you have diabetes. Call our office today at (760) 568 - 0108 to make an appointment with Dr. Danciger.