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Understanding the Condition Called Neuropathy

Neuropathy, often referred to as peripheral neuropathy, is a complex and often misunderstood medical condition that affects the peripheral nerves, which are responsible for transmitting signals from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. This disorder disrupts the normal functioning of these nerves, leading to a range of symptoms. Neuropathy can manifest as tingling, burning, or stabbing sensations, often in the hands and feet, but it can affect other areas as well. Numbness, weakness, and muscle atrophy may occur over time. The condition can be caused by various factors, including diabetes, certain medications, and infections, in addition to genetic predispositions. Managing neuropathy involves addressing the underlying cause if known, and alleviating symptoms. Treatments may include medication to manage pain and lifestyle adjustments to prevent further nerve damage. Understanding neuropathy is the first step in seeking appropriate care and support for those affected by this challenging condition. If you are experiencing symptoms of neuropathy, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat this condition.


Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with one of our podiatrists from Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.


To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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