If any nerves — other than those in the brain or spinal cord — get damaged, the condition is called neuropathy. And, unfortunately, this condition can cause a range of unwelcome symptoms. For example, you might experience tingling and numbness in your extremities, muscle weakness in the affected areas, or loss of feeling in your feet.
If this sounds familiar, you should see a doctor right away. This is because neuropathy doesn’t go away on its own.
The good news is there are treatments that can help you get control of your symptoms. At Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center in Laveen, Chandler, and Mesa, Arizona, our providers are experts in treating neuropathy. In this blog, our providers explain more about why care is important and how the condition can be treated.
The importance of prompt care
You can develop neuropathy for a variety of reasons, from unchecked Type 2 diabetes to nutrient deficiencies. Ultimately, though, no matter the cause, neuropathy symptoms are a result of nerve damage.
If you don’t treat whatever’s causing your neuropathy, the nerve damage will likely worsen. What may start as tingling in your feet could progress to numbness, for example. Unless you get medical intervention, the nerve damage — and the resulting symptoms — will likely worsen over time.
The good news is, if you get treatment early, you can help keep the condition from progressing, and, in some cases, you may even be able to reverse it. For example, if your symptoms are due to a vitamin deficiency, correcting your vitamin imbalance could result in a full recovery.
If any nerve cells have died, however, you may not be able to reverse the condition, but you should be able to prevent the condition from worsening by treating the root cause. For example, if diabetes is causing your neuropathy, getting your blood sugar levels under control should help prevent future damage to the nerves.
Furthermore, we can treat your symptoms, so you can keep them from interfering in your daily life.
Designing a treatment plan
Every patient is unique, and the plan we design for you will depend on your specific case, but your plan could include any of the following:
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Topical numbing creams or patches
- Specific medications, such as anti-seizure drugs or antidepressants
- Surgery to treat the affected nerve or prevent it from sending pain signals
No matter your case, we will work with you to prevent your nerve damage from progressing and also help you get relief from your symptoms.
The main takeaway is that neuropathy won’t resolve on its own. In fact, it will usually get worse without treatment. If you have neuropathy and want treatment, or if you want to see if you have neuropathy, we can help. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center today.