What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a medical condition in which the nerves become damaged and can cause a variety of symptoms. Your nerves are like wires that send signals from your brain to the rest of your body. When you have neuropathy, the signals that these nerves send are not working properly.

Neuropathy can be categorized into two main types – peripheral and central – which are caused by different underlying issues. Peripheral neuropathy is the most common type of neuropathy and is caused by damage to the peripheral nerves, which are located in the arms, legs, and other parts of the body.

This type of neuropathy can be caused by physical trauma, such as a car accident or fall, or by a medical condition, like diabetes, and can cause symptoms ranging from numbness and tingling to burning and pain. Central neuropathy is caused by damage to the central nervous system, which includes the brain and spinal cord. This type of neuropathy can be caused by a variety of factors, including stroke, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, and tumors.

The symptoms of central neuropathy can include difficulty walking, balance problems, and vision problems.

How do I know if I have neuropathy?

The symptoms of foot and ankle neuropathy can vary depending on the underlying cause. Pain is one of the most common symptoms and can range from mild to severe. People may also experience burning or tingling sensations in the feet or ankles. In some cases, the feet or ankles may become numb, making it difficult to move them or feel touch. Weakness in the feet and ankles is another possible symptom, which can cause balance and coordination problems.

If you experience any of the above symptoms, it is important to see a doctor for a diagnosis. Your doctor will perform a physical examination, as well as any necessary tests, to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms. These tests may include a blood test, nerve conduction study, or imaging tests such as an MRI or CT scan, which can check for underlying conditions that could be causing neuropathy or used to look for damage to the nerves.


What causes neuropathy?

The most common cause of foot and ankle neuropathy is damage to the nerves that travel from the spinal cord to the feet and ankles. This damage can be caused by a variety of conditions, including diabetes, certain medications, alcoholism, and some autoimmune disorders. We see many patients at Royal Podiatry with neuropathy caused by diabetes.

Other common causes of foot and ankle neuropathy include trauma or injury, like a car accident. Repetitive strain injuries, such as those caused by running or dancing on hard surfaces, can also cause nerve damage in the feet and ankles.

How is neuropathy treated?

The first step in treating foot and ankle neuropathy is to identify and address the underlying cause. Once the underlying cause is addressed, treatment is focused on reducing pain, improving mobility, and reducing the risk of further nerve damage. In mild cases, treatment may involve lifestyle changes or wearing shoes that provide good arch support. Physical therapy may be recommended to strengthen the feet and legs, as well as reduce inflammation and increase blood flow to the nerves. If non-surgical treatment is unsuccessful in relieving symptoms, surgery may be recommended.

In many cases, there is nerve entrapment related to neuropathy, and surgery is done to decompress the nerves in the foot and leg and relieve any pressure. If not treated properly, foot and ankle neuropathy can be a debilitating condition, but it is important to remember that there are treatments available. By working with your doctor, you can find the treatment plan that is right for you and minimize the symptoms of foot and ankle neuropathy.

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