Peripheral neuropathy is the most common form of neuropathy, or sensory nerve damage, that affects feet. But as a condition often caused by other underlying health issues, it’s not always easy to detect.

We’re sharing some top signs you may have peripheral neuropathy in your foot, as well as what might be causing it, how to treat it, and when to see a podiatrist.

3 Signs you may have Peripheral Neuropathy in your foot

3 signs you may be experiencing peripheral neuropathy in your foot

Peripheral neuropathy impacts everyone differently. It can affect a single toe or your entire foot, and may affect muscle control. If you suspect you may be suffering from the condition, it’s important to note and track occurrences of the following symptoms:

  1. Numbness, tightness, shooting pains or tingling in your feet
  2. Skin thinning or dryness on your feet
  3. Loss of balance or foot coordination.

You should also check daily for any cuts, abrasions, blisters or swelling on your feet.

What causes peripheral neuropathy?

Diabetes is cited as the number one cause of peripheral neuropathy. It’s so common, in fact, that it’s actually a separate diagnosis titled diabetic neuropathy.

Other underlying health conditions can also cause peripheral neuropathy in the feet, such as:

  • Excessive consumption of alcohol over extended periods
  • Foot nerve irritation or pressure, including a Morton’s neuroma
  • Autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Infections, such as shingles or HIV
  • Radiation and chemotherapy, or other surgeries that could damage nerves
  • Vitamin deficiencies.

How to treat peripheral neuropathy

To treat peripheral neuropathy in the feet, it is recommended that you have your affected foot assessed by a podiatrist so that they can determine the potential cause of your neuropathy.

A podiatrist will also be able to recommend the appropriate treatment. This includes medication to relieve your symptoms and a detailed management plan to maintain foot health. As a part of treatment, podiatrists can prescribe exercise plans to improve the function, stability and strength of the foot impacted by peripheral neuropathy.

Get your peripheral neuropathy assessed at Better Feet and Body Podiatry

At Better Feet and Body Podiatry, we understand your symptoms can be painful. Through holistic, evidence-based care, we’re committed to tailoring a treatment plan that will improve your foot strength and everyday comfort.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of peripheral neuropathy or another foot condition, don’t hesitate to make an appointment  at our Parkdale clinic online or give us a call on (03) 9588 2348.