Peripheral nerves provide sensation to your extremities, including your feet and ankles. These nerves are susceptible to damage from a variety of sources, with diabetic peripheral neuropathy being one of the major ones. It is a progressive condition that can be slowed and managed with medication and diet.

Nerve damage can cause numbness and tingling as well as shooting pain. The lack of feeling can be particularly troublesome since it can be hard to tell that you have a foot or ankle cut or injury that needs attention. This delay in care can lead to infections and amputations, so be sure to inspect your feet daily and see your foot doctor for regular appointments.

9 causes and contributing factors of peripheral neuropathy include the following:

1)    Effects of excess alcohol use

2)    Medication side effects

3)    Complications from diabetes

4)    Nutrient and vitamin deficiencies

5)    Rheumatoid arthritis

6)    Circulatory problems

7)    Excessive radiation exposure

8)    Toxic chemical exposure

9)    Lupus

For patients who have lost the feeling in their feet, it is vitally important to take good care of your feet, wear properly fitted shoes, and check your feet every day for any blisters, scrapes, etc. Even a small cut can quickly become an ulcer that can lead to amputation of a toe or even your entire foot.

If you have signs of nerve damage in your feet, make an appointment with your foot doctor for an evaluation. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas) is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.

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