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Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that affects the nerves in the feet and legs, causing pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness. This condition can result from a variety of underlying causes, including diabetes, alcoholism, nutrient deficiencies, and certain medications.

Effects of Peripheral Neuropathy on the Feet and Ankles

  • Foot pain: Peripheral neuropathy can cause pain and discomfort in the feet, making it difficult to walk or stand for long periods of time.
  • Numbness: People with peripheral neuropathy may also experience numbness or tingling in their feet, making it difficult to sense temperature changes or pain.
  • Increased risk of injury: Peripheral neuropathy can also increase the risk of foot injuries, such as cuts, blisters, and ulcers, because people with this condition may not feel the pain or pressure that is usually associated with these injuries.
  • Balance problems: People with peripheral neuropathy may also experience balance problems, making it more difficult to stand or walk on uneven surfaces.

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Foot and Ankle Care for People with Peripheral Neuropathy

  • Regular foot exams: People with peripheral neuropathy should have regular foot exams to monitor for any changes or injuries.
  • Proper footwear: Wearing proper footwear, such as shoes with good arch support and cushioning, can help reduce the risk of foot injuries and improve comfort.
  • Foot hygiene: Maintaining good foot hygiene, including keeping the feet clean and dry, can help prevent infections and other foot problems.
  • Pain management: Pain management techniques, such as medication, physical therapy, and massage, may be recommended to help manage the pain and discomfort associated with peripheral neuropathy.

If you have peripheral neuropathy, it is important to seek the care and treatment of a healthcare professional who specializes in foot and ankle care. They can provide a proper evaluation, diagnose the underlying cause of your peripheral neuropathy, and develop an individualized treatment plan to help you manage your condition and improve your quality of life.

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