What does lower extremity nerve pain mean?

Lower extremity nerve pain is pain that exists in the legs or feet.  Nerve pain is a bit more complicated to understand because of the different types of pain.

The human body relies on the nervous system to communicate signals to the brain from the lower extremities. This system is like a computer interpreting the various impulses (signals) given off by the peripheral nervous system. The brain and spinal cord, called the central nervous system, are in communication with the peripheral nervous system (nerves going to the extremities.) The peripheral nerves receive information or signals from the skin, muscles and organs and send this information to the brain via the spinal cord.  The brain then receives these signals and processes the information and may send the answer back down the spinal cord to the peripheral nerves to cause an action to occur.

One form of information which is interpreted and processed in the brain is that of physical sensation.  This can be the sensations of pain, tingling, hot, cold, burning to name a few.  For the circuit to be completed, the body relies on the peripheral nerves and nervous system. If these peripheral nerves are damaged, which can be from diabetes, injury, trauma, thyroid disorders and many other causes, it can result in painful sensations reaching the brain thru the spinal cord. When this happens, you need the treatment we provide.

Contact our Palm Desert, CA office by using our online form or by calling (760) 568-0108 to find out more information about this form of nerve pain and the advanced treatment options we have to relieve it for you.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle