Is Nerve Pain Slowing You Down? (If So, We Can Help!)
Losing feeling in any part of your body can be stressful and frightening. These emotions are further compounded when your feet become numb. In addition to having to determine the source of the problem, you may fear you will lose your mobility as well. Finding an expert who understands the intricacies of nerve damage in the lower limbs and offers real solutions can bring peace of mind, though. You can find the care and treatment you need here at Wilks Advanced Foot Care. We will diagnose your nerve condition and provide the treatment and care you need, possibly with nerve decompression procedures (when necessary).
Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage) and Nerve CompressionWe all rely on an extensive network of nerves running throughout our bodies that serve to not only keep us alive, but also to appreciate the world around us. Nerves give us the ability to see, smell, hear, taste, and feel. These experiences enrichen our lives and keep us safe. When nerves are damaged, they can take away those abilities. More than that, there are times when nerve damage causes usual, painful sensations. There are various causes of neuropathy (nerve damage), which makes this a fairly common problem for many people. Whereas neuropathy is commonly associated with diabetes—and rightfully so given that 60-70 percent of diabetic individuals will have nerve damage during their lifetime—there are several other potential sources, including:
- Alcoholism – This can be attributed to the malnutrition seen in many alcoholic individuals.
- Certain medications – Some chemotherapy drugs, for example, have nerve damage as a potential side effect.
- Heredity – Family history and genetic disposition sometimes lead to peripheral neuropathy.
- Injury – Acute injuries sometimes damage peripheral nerves and cause problems.
- Arthritis – There are many forms of arthritis, and neuropathy can be caused by certain ones.
- Neurological disorders – Conditions like fibromyalgia and spina bifida increase the risk factor of this issue.
Conservative Treatment OptionsTreatment for neuropathy has many different forms, but typically serves to accomplish one of two objectives – relieve symptoms and manage whichever condition has led to the nerve damage. Traditional, nonsurgical treatment options include:
- Medications – Mild symptoms can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications, but prescription painkillers are sometimes used for more severe symptoms. Other medications that may be used in treating nerve damage include antidepressants, anti-seizure medications, and creams containing capsaicin.
- Physical therapy – This form of therapy is sometimes used in instances where muscle weakness is due to damaged nerves and can help improve the ability to move.
- Injections – Depending on your particular case, we may prescribe corticosteroid injections to relieve painful symptoms.