820 East Hillsboro Blvd.
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

East Ocean Podiatry, Dean B Dorfman, DPM, P.A. & Dominick Sansone, DPM

Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy, the result of nerve damage, often manifests itself as numbness and pain in the extremities. Those who suffer from neuropathy experience symptoms of tingling, burning, and numbness in the hands and feet. This condition can be caused by a host of underlying problems such as infections, injuries, metabolic issues, and diabetes.

In the past, patients have been told that there are no effective treatments for neuropathy; however, new advances in the field of pain management have spawned a variety of innovative treatments. With a detailed patient history and examination, the physicians at East Ocean Podiatry can develop a specific treatment plan to minimize pain and prevent further nerve damage.

Do You Suffer from Peripheral Neuropathy?

Typical symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Sensory loss in the arms and legs

Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

Although some cases of neuropathy are hereditary, most patients experience acquired neuropathies, or nerve damage caused by environmental factors. Some common causes of neuropathy include:

  • Diabetes
  • Vitamin deficiency (especially B6 and B12)
  • Alcoholism
  • Thyroid disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Infections such as shingles or AIDS
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Traumatic injury
  • Tumors (both cancerous and malignant)

Get Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment

Treatment for peripheral neuropathy consists of two main goals:

  • Manage the underlying condition. Once the cause of neuropathy is determined, your doctor can develop a specific treatment plan to correct the problem. Symptoms of neuropathy often improve when the cause is corrected.
  • Treat painful symptoms. Depending on the underlying cause, your doctor will prescribe medication to help you treat and manage symptoms of numbness, tingling, and pain.

East Ocean Podiatry offers a variety of treatment options to suit your individual case, including:

  • Oral natural supplements. These types of medications are often prescribed for those who suffer from diabetic neuropathy.
  • Topical medications. Topical creams, such as capsaicin, can be used to relieve symptoms of neuropathy.
  • Oral medications. Depending on the cause, oral medications may be prescribed to relieve the pain associated with neuropathy.
  • Nerve blocks. This treatment consists of an injection of an anesthetic in the area of the affected nerve.
  • Epidermal nerve fiber density testing. This diagnostic test helps your physician determine the cause of neuropathy and develop a more specific plan for treatment.

Our offices serve patients in the surrounding areas:

If you would like to learn more about the evaluation and treatment of peripheral neuropathy, contact East Ocean Podiatry.