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Peripheral Neuropathy and Its Impact on Feet

Peripheral neuropathy, a condition stemming from nerve damage in the peripheral nervous system, manifests as a range of symptoms that can significantly impact the feet. The peripheral nerves, responsible for transmitting signals between the body and the brain, may become compromised, leading to sensations like tingling, numbness, or foot pain. This condition often arises from various underlying causes, including diabetes, certain medications, or even infections. The feet, being distant from the central nervous system, are particularly vulnerable to peripheral neuropathy. The impaired nerve function can affect balance and coordination, increasing the risk of injuries. Moreover, individuals with peripheral neuropathy may experience difficulty in detecting temperature or pressure changes, raising concerns about foot health. If you have symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you manage 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 David Mansky, DPM from Mansky Podiatry. Our doctor 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 Hastings, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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