Peripheral neuropathy occurs when the nerves in the toes and feet become diseased. It may feel like burning, tingling, or numbness – or you may not notice anything at all. Peripheral neuropathy dramatically increases your chance of amputation. If you have peripheral neuropathy it is essential to care for your feet daily and see a podiatrist regularly.
Dr. Bridger is passionate about preventative care. Preventative care involves monitoring your feet, trimming your nails, and removing your calluses. Dr. Bridger will help prevent ulcers, infection, and amputation.
Seemingly small issues, like scrapes, blisters, ingrown nails, calluses or corns can be serious problems for those with peripheral neuropathy. As calluses get thicker, the skin underneath them becomes thinner. If calluses are not regularly removed they can develop ulcers under them. Trimming your nails when you have neuropathy can be risky and may be best left to a doctor.
The most common cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes however there are many others. The cause cannot always be determined. Some other causes of peripheral neuropathy include chemotherapy, autoimmune diseases, a history of alcoholism, vitamin deficiency, and agent orange. Many patients with neuropathy will be eligible for routine nail and callus care by Dr. Bridger.
If you have diabetes your insurance may cover diabetic shoes. Dr. Bridger will determine if you are eligible for diabetic shoes. We dispense them directly from our office.
What to do if you have peripheral neuropathy:
Understand your condition
Wear protective shoes at all times, even at home
Check your feet daily
Manage your health conditions with you primary care physician
See Dr. Bridger regularly to prevent ulcers, infections, and amputations.
Other diagnoses to consider:
Tarsal tunnel syndrome
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