Neuropathy

Eastside Foot & Ankle

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Portland, OR & Gresham, OR

Between 60-70% of people with diabetes will develop neuropathy, a condition that may cause you to lose feeling in your feet or toes. Neuropathy is a nerve condition that can be serious, but board-certified podiatrists, Brian M. Bowen, DPM, and Timothy J. Mineo, DPM, at Eastside Foot & Ankle are experts in caring for this condition. Take a step for your overall health today by calling the Portland or Gresham, Oregon, office or booking an appointment online.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy, commonly called peripheral neuropathy, is damage of the peripheral nerves, which are the nerves extending to your legs. When these nerves are damaged, they don’t function as they should, causing abnormal sensations or a lack of feeling in your toes.

Diabetes is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy in the United States. Peripheral neuropathy also tends to run in families. Other potential causes include:

  • Age
  • Certain forms of arthritis
  • Medications, such as some chemotherapy drugs
  • Neurological disorders, including spina bifida and fibromyalgia
  • Injury

Additionally, up to 50% of all long-term heavy alcohol users develop peripheral neuropathy.

How can I prevent neuropathy?

You may be able to prevent neuropathy by keeping your blood sugar levels under control. If you have diabetes, the seriousness of your neuropathy generally corresponds to how well you control your glucose level.

By managing your blood sugar, you’ll usually have much better sensation in your fingers and toes than someone who doesn’t have their sugar level under control.

What are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy can cause sensations in your fingers and toes. Other common symptoms include:

  • Burning
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Shooting or stabbing pain

It’s important to tell your doctor at Eastside Foot & Ankle about any abnormal sensations, as the feelings may be the first sign of another health problem.

What measures can diagnose peripheral neuropathy?

Your doctor at Eastside Foot & Ankle diagnoses your condition by taking a complete medical history and performing a physical exam. They may recommend a blood test to check your blood sugar level.

How is peripheral neuropathy treated?

Although peripheral neuropathy isn’t curable, the Eastside Foot & Ankle team helps you manage the condition to live a full, healthy life. They create a treatment plan to slow its progression of the disease, maintain the health of your feet, and alleviate any pain you may have.

If you’re experiencing burning or painful sensations in your feet, don’t delay. Call Eastside Foot & Ankle today or book a consultation with the convenient online scheduling tool.