Neuropathy of the feet is a debilitating disorder. A loss of sensation and the inability to move well can endanger the person afflicted with this problem. There are many causes of neuropathy in the feet.
Foot neuropathy is a form of peripheral neuropathy and has many causes. It begins with damage to the peripheral nervous system that sends information to the brain, spinal column and all parts of the body. Some causes are genetic, due to injury or trauma or because of a disease or illness.
Diabetes neuropathy is the result of diabetes. Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome is another common disease that causes neuropathy and this is hereditary. When the symptoms are acute, the immune system may attack the peripheral nervous system resulting in Guillian Barre disease.
Since there is no cure for neuropathy, reducing the emotional and physical effects of the disease is the goal for the patient and physician. Maintaining your proper weight, avoiding toxins, exercising, correcting nutritional deficiencies and not overindulging in alcohol can help to control this disease. Managing illnesses well such as diabetes is necessary also. Medications such as pain relievers or antidepressants may help with the symptoms.
The most common symptoms of neuropathy of the feet are numbness, tingling and loss of sensitivity. Other symptoms may include burning pain, muscle weakness or paralysis of the foot muscles.
A loss of feeling in your feet can lead to serious complications, especially in those with neuropathies caused by diabetes. Inspect your feet daily to curtail serious problems and make sure to see a podiatrist if you have calluses or corns. Always wear good quality footwear to protect your feet from injury.