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Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy causes a variety of symptoms affecting the feet. It typically begins with sensations such as numbness, tingling, or prickling, and progresses to burning, freezing, or shooting pains, often intensified at night. Peripheral neuropathy in the feet may create a sensation similar to wearing an invisible sock. Loss of balance, muscle weakness, and coordination difficulties are also common factors, hindering mobility. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can vary, with motor nerve damage resulting in muscle weakness. Sensory nerve damage causes tingling, numbness, or extreme sensitivity to touch. Autonomic nerve involvement can lead to abnormalities in foot temperature, sweating, and other involuntary functions. Polyneuropathy, affecting multiple nerves simultaneously, is common and requires prompt recognition for timely intervention. If you suspect you may be experiencing symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and personalized treatment.


Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with one of our podiatrists from Houston Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.


To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Kingwood, Humble, The Woodlands, and Conroe, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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