Neuropathy is damage of the nerves of your extremities. When the nerves are damaged, they don’t function properly. People with neuropathy have decreased or abnormal sensation in their toes and fingers. Sometimes, they develop problems moving these parts of the body as well. This can be caused by medications, neurological disorders, injury, diabetes, neurological disorders, or traumatic injury.
The most common symptoms of neuropathy include burning, numbness, tingling, or shooting or stabbing pain in the toes. Any change in sensation in the fingers or toes may be a symptom of neuropathy. Be sure to report any abnormal sensations to your doctor. Those sensations may be the first sign of another problem, such as diabetes.
There is no known cure for neuropathy. The goal of treatments are to slow the progression of the disease, to maintain foot health/decrease pain, and to decrease pain.
The podiatrist may prescribe oral medication to help with symptoms. The doctor will also perform a thorough foot check to look for any injuries or infections and will teach you how to do the same. Your podiatrist will also show you how to take care of your feet at home. People who have neuropathy should have their feet examined by a podiatrist at least once per year.