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Neuropathy Treatment

podiatrist for neuropathy treatmentNeuropathy is the term used to describe a problem with the nerves, usually the ‘peripheral nerves’ as opposed to the ‘central nervous system’ (the brain and spinal cord).

Neuropathy is seen with a number of different underlying medical conditions. It can also exist without the cause being possible to diagnose, when doctors called it ‘idiopathic.’

Causes Of Neuropathy

Many different conditions can lead to peripheral neuropathy:

  • Diabetes is the most common cause of chronic peripheral neuropathy. In people with poorly controlled diabetes, high blood sugar levels can damage nerves.
  • B12 or folate vitamin deficiencies can cause nerve damage and peripheral neuropathy.
  • Drugs such as some chemotherapy medication and medicines used to treat HIV can cause damage to peripheral nerves.
  • Poisons (toxins) – Insecticides and solvents can cause peripheral nerve damage.
  • Cancers – Peripheral neuropathy can occur in people with some cancers, like E.G: lymphoma and multiple myeloma.
  • Alcohol excess – High alcohol levels in the body cause nerve damage.
  • Chronic kidney disease – If the kidneys are not functioning normally, an imbalance of salts and chemicals can cause peripheral neuropathy.
  • Chronic liver disease.
  • Injuries – Broken bones and tight plaster casts can put pressure directly on the nerves.
  • Infections – Damage can be caused to peripheral nerves by some infections, including shingles, HIV infection, and Lyme disease.
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome is the name given to a specific type of peripheral neuropathy triggered by infection.
  • Connective tissue diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome, and systemic lupus erythematosus.
  • Certain inflammatory conditions – Conditions including sarcoidosis and coeliac disease can also cause peripheral neuropathy.
  • Hereditary diseases such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome and Friedreich’s ataxia.
  • Idiopathic causes – In a few people, no specific cause is found for their peripheral neuropathy. This is known as idiopathic peripheral neuropathy.

Types Of Tests

Nerve Conduction Studies:

  • Nerve conduction studies check the speed with which nerves send messages.
  • Special electrodes are placed on the skin over the nerve being tested.
  • These electrodes give off very small electrical impulses that feel a bit like a small electric shock which stimulate the nerve.
  • Other electrodes record the electrical activity of the nerve.
  • The distance that the impulses travel to the other electrodes and the time that this takes allows the speed of the nerve impulse to be calculated.
  • In peripheral neuropathy, this speed is reduced.

Electromyography:

  • This test looks at the electrical activity of the muscles.
  • A very thin needle with an electrode attached is inserted through the skin into a muscle.
  • This is connected up to a recording machine called an oscilloscope.
  • The way that the muscle responds when it is stimulated by nerves can then be monitored using the oscilloscope and recorded.
  • In peripheral neuropathy, the electrical activity will be abnormal.

Nerve Biopsy:
This is the removal of a small part of a nerve so that it can be examined under a microscope.

Skin Biopsy:

  • This is a new technique that has been developed to examine the peripheral nerves.
  • It can be used to look for early peripheral neuropathy and also to monitor progression of neuropathy and response to treatment.
  • Among other things, the density of nerve fibers in the area of skin is measured.
  • In peripheral neuropathy, the density of the peripheral nerves is reduced.

Learn How Our Podiatrist In Merrillville, IN, & Neuropathy Testing Treatment Can Help You!

Please call our podiatry office in Merrillville, IN, at 847-390-7666 if you have any additional questions about neuropathy to the foot and testing for it. We will be happy to provide you with all the information that you may need. Come experience Weil Foot & Ankle Institute! You will see our Merrillville podiatrist offers the best podiatry care in Merrillville, Valparaiso, Portage, Munster, Schererville, Dyer, Chesterton, St. John, Crown Point, Porter and Highland, IN.

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    - Richard J.
    best merrillville podiatrist
  • "I urge anyone in need of bunion surgery to see Dr Lowell Weil. My life is forever changed and I am so grateful! Oh and my feet are now PRETTY! Thank you again!"

    - Sky N.
    best merrillville podiatrist
  • "Dr. Bowen was my doctor/surgeon for my Achilles re-graft surgery. He definitely takes care of his patients well being. I will definitely use Dr. Bowen again for any foot issues in the future."

    - Tony M.
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  • "I am very happy with my total experience. Doctor Michael F. Bowen was attentive and clear. He provided personalized care. He had excellent bedside manner and is a fantastic surgeon."

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    - Maureen M.
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  • "Dr. Matthew Vogt used shock wave therapy on my quadriceps tendonitis last fall and by December, the tendonitis was completely gone. "

    - Richard J.
    best merrillville podiatrist
  • "I urge anyone in need of bunion surgery to see Dr Lowell Weil. My life is forever changed and I am so grateful! Oh and my feet are now PRETTY! Thank you again!"

    - Sky N.
    best merrillville podiatrist
  • "Dr. Bowen was my doctor/surgeon for my Achilles regraft surgery. He definitely takes care of his patients well being. I will definitely use Dr. Bowen again for any foot issues in the future."

    - Tony M.
    best merrillville podiatrist
  • "I am very happy with my total experience. Doctor Michael F. Bowen was attentive and clear. He provided personalized care. He had excellent bedside manner and is a fantastic surgeon."

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  • "Dr. Weil Jr. and the Staff at the Libertyville Office are the best. I have been with Weil foot and Ankle for nine years and Dr. Weil Jr. has taken care of all my foot problems. He is the best."

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