Nerve damage in the feet is a complication often faced by patients who have diabetes. The increased blood sugar caused by the disease can actually damage nerves in your extremities and cause a lack of feeling and other disturbing sensations including burning and tingling.
4 symptoms of nerve damage in your feet include the following:
- Unpleasant physical sensations—Burning, numbness, and shooting pain
- Muscle weakness—Nerve damage can cause your muscles to weaken
- Balance and coordination problems—Having weakened muscles can decrease stability and lead to falls.
- Inability to feel temperature extremes—People with nerve damage in their feet are more likely to suffer burns from hot water.
Diagnosis of peripheral nerve damage involves the following procedures:
- Nerve studies—A nerve conduction study can be performed to determine the efficiency of your nerves in sending and receiving electrical signals
- Physical examination—Your podiatrist will do a thorough examination of your feet to look for related complications. Since the nerve damage makes it difficult to tell when you have an injury, things like cuts, scrapes, and ingrown toenails can go unnoticed and possibly become infected. The infection can spread rapidly and even lead to amputation.
If you are experiencing signs of peripheral nerve damage in your feet, see your foot doctor for an exam and diagnosis and to develop a proper treatment program. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.