Nerve Damage (Peripheral Neuropathy)

Peripheral neuropathy, a result of nerve damage, often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet, but it may also occur in other areas of your body.

People generally 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 can result from problems such as traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes.

In many cases, peripheral neuropathy symptoms improve with time, especially if the condition is caused by an underlying condition that can be treated. A number of medications are used to reduce the painful symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.

Nerve damage to the feet can lead to ulcerations, as the feeling to the plantar surface of the foot is diminished. To prevent ulceration and infection it is recommended that seniors who cannot attend to their feet should get them inspected by our podiatrists for regular nail and foot care.