Neuropathy in Fair Lawn, NJ
Neuropathy is a medical condition caused by damaged nerve cells and often associated with autoimmune diseases, infections, diabetes, tumors, or hereditary conditions. Peripheral neuropathy currently affects over 20 million people in the United States with symptoms ranging from tingling or burning pain and nausea to muscle spasms, difficulty moving your arms or legs, or atrophy.

While neuropathy can be severe, the most common forms of neuropathy include diabetic neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sciatica which are actually quite prevalent in adult populations. The symptoms of neuropathy greatly depend on the type of nerves that are damaged, ranging from autonomic nerves, motor nerves, and sensory nerves.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do podiatrists treat neuropathy?

Podiatrists will treat neuropathy of the foot and ankle and refer out to a neurologist if the neuropathy involves other aspects of the body. Together, the podiatrist and neurologist, as a team treat neuropathy in patients.

Do podiatrists deal with nerve damage?

Your podiatrist can offer oral or topical medications that can reduce the symptoms of neuropathy. They can also offer home therapy programs that would help improve balance. TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) can also be of value in relieving neuropathy symptoms. This system uses electrical stimulation to stop pain signals from traveling to the brain. Orthotics can also help reduce movement of the muscles and tendons preventing blistering. Surgery is indicated in more severe cases to release compressed nerves.

Can you get rid of neuropathy in your feet?

If in the early stages of nerve damage, neuropathy can be reversed. Exercises, controlling your blood sugar, quitting to smoke, and using topical and oral antineuropathy medications can all help.

What does nerve damage in your feet feel like?

The most common described feelings by patients who have neuropathy are tingling, pins and needles, weakness, fatigue, sharp stabbing like sensation, burning and throbbing.

How long does nerve damage in feet take to heal?

When a nerve is hit or bruised it could take from 6 to 12 weeks to heal and recover. If a nerve has been cut it can have the potential of recuperating. A nerve can grow 1 mm per day.

Can you stop the progression of neuropathy?

Stopping or slowing down the progression of neuropathy depends on the underlying cause as well as the severity of the nerve damage. Many times lifestyle changes can be successful in slowing or stopping progression.

It is important to see your doctor and together decide on a management plan that will also include medications and vitamin supplements.

What is the difference between neuropathy and peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is damage to the nerves that affect the extremities. The feet, legs, hands, and arms. Neuropathy is nerve damage to the entire body.

How can I reverse neuropathy naturally?

Natural treatments include:

  • Monitoring your blood sugar levels
  • Losing weight and a healthy diet
  • Exercising and physical therapy
  • Stop smoking
  • Limit alcohol drinking
  • Vitamins
  • Essential oils

What can be mistaken for neuropathy?

Diseases such as:

  • Sjögren's syndrome
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Infections

What causes neuropathy to flare up?

There are several triggers that can flare up neuropathy.

These include:

  • Diabetes
  • Alcohol
  • Poor diet
  • Infections
  • Chemicals
  • Medication