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Peripheral Neuropathy and Daily Foot Checks

Tuesday, 31 August 2021 00:00

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition characterized by nerve damage in the feet and ankles. When associated with diabetes it is also known as diabetic neuropathy. This condition can lead to numbness or a loss of sensation in the feet and ankles. If you are unable to feel what is happening to your feet and ankles, you are less likely to detect potential foot problems when they occur. When even seemingly minor foot traumas occur like cuts and scrapes, and they are left undetected and untreated, they can progressively worsen over time and become wounds and ulcers. This is especially true for diabetics, whose wounds tend to heal slowly and poorly. To combat foot wounds and ulcers as well as the potential complications that they can bring, it is important for people with peripheral neuropathy to inspect their feet daily for any abnormalities or changes. If you notice a new cut, scrape, sore, wound, discoloration, or strange sensation, it is strongly suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist as soon as possible. 


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 Achilles Foot Clinic. 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 one our office, located in the South of Calgary, Alberta. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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