Neuropathy occurs when damage is caused to your nerves because of a medical condition. When the damage is outside of the brain and affects your extremities such as your feet and ankles, it is referred to as peripheral neuropathy. One of the most common conditions causing neuropathy stems from diabetes mellitus. It can also result from alcohol abuse, vitamin deficiencies, nutritional imbalances, chemotherapy, certain medications, genetics, and inflammatory conditions.
If you are diabetic and do not have strict glycemic control, you are more prone to developing peripheral neuropathy. Symptoms may include numbness, burning, tingling, sharp pain, weakness, instability, and dry, cracked skin. In addition, those suffering from neuropathy are predisposed to developing wounds and ulcerations. It is important to provide a detailed medical history during your visit. Your specialist will perform a thorough clinical evaluation to help determine the extent of your condition. There are treatments available to help with your symptoms. Be sure to talk with our physician Dr. Jason Spector about preventing any further deleterious consequences. Come see a Foot and Ankle Specialist today for proper evaluation and treatment of your condition.
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