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Complications of Peripheral Neuropathy

Tuesday, 03 May 2022 00:00

When the nerves in the extremities (feet and hands) are damaged, a condition known as peripheral neuropathy can develop. Diabetes is thought to be a major contributor to peripheral neuropathy. Symptoms can include numbness, shooting pain, tingling, and swelling. Among the most serious complications of this condition are developing foot ulcers, gangrene, and cardiovascular problems. A diabetic foot ulcer is simply a wound (usually on the foot) that takes a long time to heal. Because the foot is numb, it is often difficult to know when you have been injured or developed blisters. These sores can easily become infected, and if left untreated can then develop into gangrene. In extreme cases, gangrene can lead to amputation or even death. If you have a sore that won’t heal, have diabetes, or feel numbness in your feet and toes, it is extremely important to see a podiatrist as soon as possible for an exam, diagnosis and treatment options.   


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 Dr. Kevin H. Lapoff from Lake Worth 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 Lake Worth, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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