Neuropathy is a condition that emerges when there is a malfunctioning or disturbance in the functioning of the nervous system. Peripheral neuropathy occurs when nerve fibers are damaged and this can cause painful symptoms such as sensations of burning, stabbing, tingling, numbness, prickling, “pins and needles,” or muscle spasms. It is often a condition that occurs concurrently with diabetes, autoimmune diseases, arthritis, tumors, and acute injury. When neuropathy occurs in the feet and ankles, it is highly recommended that individuals make an appointment with a podiatrist.

A podiatrist is a licensed medical practitioner specializing in conditions affecting the feet and ankles. A podiatrist will be able to diagnose most underlying causes of the neuropathy and then determine the best treatment plan. If you want to reduce pain from neuropathy and improve your quality of life, contact Asheville Podiatry Associates in Asheville, NC. Dr. Douglas Milch and Dr. Debra Wright are highly qualified, board-certified podiatrists committed to helping patients heal, achieve a more excellent quality of life, and enjoy daily activities.

Other Symptoms and Causes of Neuropathy

Neuropathic pain can present with a variety of symptoms. In addition to burning, tingling, and numbness, some patients with neuropathy experience pain that feels like an electric shock, extreme sensitivity to ordinarily painless stimuli (touch), increased painful sensations, dysesthesia (abnormal sensations such as painful burning or itchiness), and insomnia. When neuropathy affects the feet and ankles, patients may have trouble walking and moving around.

Individuals with diabetes frequently experience neuropathy, and The National Institute of Health estimates that up to 50% of people with diabetes will develop peripheral neuropathy. Other causes of neuropathy may include disorders of the central nervous system (Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis), neurological disorders (fibromyalgia or spina bifida), shingles, trauma, spinal nerve compression, and side effects from chemotherapy, radiation treatment, or amputation. 

How Can a Podiatrist Help

Individuals experiencing neuropathy in Asheville are encouraged to make an appointment with Asheville Podiatry Associates. Upon your first visit, Dr. Milch or Dr. Wright will conduct a comprehensive medical exam, including health history and symptoms. This is an excellent opportunity for patients to ask questions about symptoms and pain in their feet. While there is no cure for neuropathy, a podiatrist can evaluate your feet and ankles to determine whether there are injuries or infections and may prescribe medication to help alleviate any symptoms. The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends that individuals with peripheral neuropathy have their feet examined once a year by a qualified podiatrist. 

Dr. Milch and Dr. Wright of Asheville Podiatry Associates are compassionate medical practitioners who can help ensure the health of your feet. Call today to make an appointment regarding neuropathy symptoms. Your feet will thank you! (828) 252-9424.

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