Neuropathy Information

What is Peripheral & Diabetic Neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy often causes numbness and pain in your hands and feet. People typically describe the pain of peripheral neuropathy as tingling or burning, while they may compare the loss of sensation to the feeling of wearing a thin stocking or glove.

Peripheral neuropathy is caused by nerve damage. It can result from such problems as traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, exposure to toxins, and is very common after chemotherapy. One of the most common causes is diabetes. In some cases, peripheral neuropathy symptoms improve with time - especially if it's caused by an underlying condition that can be treated. A number of medications are often used to reduce the painful symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, unfortunately many still have pain or other symptoms.

In the past, patients have been left to suffer from the pain and foot complications associated with neuropathy. The first step to limb preservation is proper treatment of the diabetic neuropathy followed by increasing blood flow to the feet through specific activities. Before now, the treatment options for most patients were only oral medications, which can have major side effects and can affect quality of life.

             Neuropathy Symptoms                      

  • Numbness in feet
  • Burning Pain in feet
  • Leg Cramping
  • Prickling or Tingling feelings in the feet
  • Difficulty Sleeping fro leg & foot discomfort
  • Lack of Coordination
  • Pain when you walk
  • Electrical-Like Pain
  • Extreme Sensitivity to touch, even light touch
  • Muscle Weakness or paralysis if motor nerves are affected

 

 

               Neuropathy Treatment                              

Our clinic provides you with an accurate diagnosis through state of the art diagnostics to ensure we can give you the relief you are looking for. An accurate diagnosis and the severity of your condition will guide the treatment program.

While pain is most frequently the first symptom people notice, loss of sensation may be your first symptom, or it may indicate progression. Restless Leg Syndrome, or RLS is often associated with neuropathy, and we frequently treat this condition.

Our patients are experiencing relief of their symptoms and achieving a much more active lifestyle. The relief you may feel in your feet could give you freedom and mobility. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy left untreated can lead to severe problems; however, there is no need to suffer any longer. In many cases, you can finally live pain free, with peace and joy in your life again.

Foot Pain St. Louis | Diabetic Neuropathy St. Louis | Neuropathy Treatment St. Louis | Dr. Jeffery D. Birkenmeier D.C.

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