If you have numbness, pain, and weakness in your feet caused by neuropathy, you’re at increased risk of complications that include infection and disability. At Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Clinic in Westminster, Colorado, Katherine Parodi, DPM, and Jacob Stuart, DPM, provide care for patients with foot neuropathy to maximize function and minimize dysfunction. If you’re suffering from neuropathy, call today to set up an appointment or use the website to schedule an appointment online.
Neuropathy, often referred to as peripheral neuropathy, results when the nerves that travel to your feet are damaged or irritated. They no longer send or receive adequate messages from the brain. As a result, you suffer numbness, pain, and weakness in your feet.
Neuropathy occurs due to trauma, diabetes, or an inherited condition.
Neuropathy causes uncomfortable pain and numbness in your feet. It also puts you at risk for infections if you suffer sores, blisters, ingrown toenails, or other problems with your feet. The lack of nerve impulses means you don’t feel pain from the foot damage, so they progress to severe levels. Healing is also compromised when you have neuropathy.
In serious cases, foot neuropathy makes it hard to walk and can even lead to amputation.
Your daily care matters when you have neuropathy. You should check your feet daily for any cuts, blisters, or swelling. If you notice an abrasion or split in your skin, reach out to Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Clinic for professional care right away. Catching these lesions or splits early and getting them treated can prevent infection.
You should also wear well-fitting shoes and socks. The team at Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Clinic can recommend the best shoes for you and even provide custom orthotics if needed.
Other important steps in managing neuropathy include:
You should also wash your feet daily and dry them well. Trim your toenails straight across and make sure your feet are moisturized, to prevent dry skin and cracks that can allow bacteria or viruses to invade.
Schedule regular foot checks at Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Clinic, too. The team can identify problems you may have missed and ensure your self-care habits are adequate in managing neuropathy.
If you have neuropathy, call Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Clinic to set up an appointment today. We can help you manage your condition and prevent complications. Alternatively, use this website to reach out online and schedule your visit.