It impairs feeling and sensation, causing pain or even complete numbness. You lose your sense of coordination and balance. Muscles may become weakened or even paralyzed. Unnoticed nicks and scrapes can worsen into dangerous foot ulcers.
The biggest cost, though, is in the day-to-day moments. If you can’t walk more than a few paces with pain, or can’t drive, or can’t work, your world gets a lot smaller.
Fortunately, that’s changing. New and advanced treatments available at our office are delivering incredible results for our patients. If you want to learn more in-depth info on these treatments, be sure to check out the articles we’ve written and linked below. Otherwise, read on for more information about peripheral neuropathy.
Peripheral neuropathy is a progressive condition that tends to get worse over time. The most common underlying factor is diabetes, since high blood glucose levels (and the associated inflammation) can poison nerves and choke them off from the oxygen and nutrients they nee
Other causes are possible, however, including rheumatoid arthritis, alcoholism, or multiple sclerosis (to name a few). Sometimes peripheral neuropathy is idiopathic, meaning no cause can be identified.
Peripheral nerves come in three different varieties:
Any or all of these nerve types may be damaged by peripheral neuropathy, which is why such a wide range of symptoms can result.
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It wasn’t that long ago when most doctors would have said “there’s not much that can be done” when it came to peripheral neuropathy. But the research and technology has come a long way in a very short time, and we’re now able to offer a variety of treatments aimed at not only managing symptoms, but actually restoring nerve function.
We’ve made a commitment to bringing those state-of-the-art treatment options right here to the Magic Valley, so you don’t have to travel hundreds of miles or wait months for an appointment to start receiving help.
Alongside basic lifestyle therapies—including nutritional modifications and supplements and healthy exercise—we can also offer more sophisticated technology and treatments, including:
Many patients with neuropathy have been suffering for years with little to no success. So naturally, many are a little skeptical about trying something new. However, over and over again we’ve seen patients who receive these treatments make significant, lasting improvements in a relatively short timeframe.
It’s important to be realistic, of course. Will they make you feel like you’re 20 years old again? Probably not. However, there is a great chance that they will help you get your life back. They can get you out of the wheelchair. They could reduce or even eliminate the need for daily medications (and the resulting side effects). They could allow you to drive again, hike again, go for walks again without having to stop every two minutes.
Ready to get started? We’d love to see you in either Twin Falls or Burley. Give Canyon Foot & Ankle a call today