Facts About Peripheral Neuropathy


If you start to notice changes in the sensations you feel in your feet, we at Texas Foot Specialists want to encourage you to make an appointment at our Pasadena (281) 991-0600, Sugar Land (281) 242-4448 or Houston (713) 664-6677 office to get it evaluated. Pain, tingling, burning or a decreased ability to perceive feeling in your feet can all point to peripheral neuropathy. 

Below are some facts about this condition:

FACT:Peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage to your peripheral nerves—those at the periphery of your body such as hands and fingers, toes and feet. 

FACT:Peripheral neuropathy can be an early sign of diabetes. Our podiatrists, Dr. Gregory Mangum and Dr. Bruce Miller, will examine your feet and ask about other symptoms you may be experiencing. The foot doctor will also want to get a complete medical history. If he suspects diabetes, he may also order a blood test to see your sugar levels.

FACT:Peripheral neuropathy can have other causes as well, including: certain medications, aging, arthritis, alcoholism, nerve injury, heredity or a neurological disorder.

FACT:There is currently no cure for peripheral neuropathy. Your podiatrist, however, can help slow the progression of this condition and help ensure that your feet stay safe and healthy.

FACT:Peripheral neuropathy requires that you take extra precautions to protect your feet. These include: checking bath water with another part of your body before getting in the tub, not using an electric blanket, wearing extra socks when it is cold out, not exposing your feet to direct heat sources, getting your foot professionally measured and wearing shoes that fit properly and have roomy toe boxes. It is also important that you check your feet over regularly for injuries, cuts, rashes or other potential problems.

FACT:In order to reduce the risk of injury to your feet, it is essential that you contact us as soon as possible if you have any symptoms of neuropathy.