Peripheral Neuropathy, What is it?

By Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS
February 04, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

Peripheral Neuropathy, what is it?

Peripheral neuropathy is damage to the peripheral nerves, which are in your toes and fingertips.  They are not able to function properly if they are damaged.  If a person has peripheral neuropathy they have decreased sensation in their fingers and toes and can have difficulty moving them.

Causes of peripheral neuropathy:

  • Diabetes.  60-70% of people with diabetes will develop neuropathy at some point, according to the American Diabetes Association.
  • Alcoholism.
  • Injury.
  • Heredity.
  • Arthritis.
  • Certain medications.
  • Advanced age.
  • Neurological disorders such as fibromyalgia and spina bifida.

Symptoms:

  • Burning.
  • Shooting/stabbing pain
  • Tingling.
  • Numbness.

If you show any of these symptoms or any other abnormal sensations make an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS.  Even if it is not peripheral neuropathy it may be a sign of another problem.  Contact Us at 701-255-3338 or go online to  request an appointment.

 

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