Peripheral neuropathy in the feet and legs can be extremely distressing. Depending on which nerves are affected—and where—you might wind up with a variety of unwanted symptoms. Stabbing pain. Shocking, prickling, burning, freezing, aching. Ultimately, complete numbness can set in, which makes you far more likely to miss injuries, develop infections, and even lose a toe (or more) to an amputation. And those are just from damaged sensory nerves; damaged motor or autonomic nerves can lead to muscle weakness, loss of bladder control, heat intolerance, digestive issues, and a lot more.
Nerve damage is often not fully reversible, especially if you’ve been suffering from neuropathy for some time. That’s why it’s so important to take control of your condition early. By choosing to treat your symptoms and manage the underlying causes of neuropathy as best you can, you can ensure a better quality of life in both the short and long term.
Here are a few of the most important insights:
- Control your blood sugar. By far the most common cause of neuropathy is elevated blood glucose related to diabetes or prediabetes. Being disciplined about managing your diabetes has a direct effect on nerve symptoms and nerve health.
- Get plenty of stretching and exercise. This not only relieves pain but also improves strength, balance, and coordination (which can all be impaired by neuropathy). You don’t need to go all out—walking three times per week and practicing yoga techniques, for example, can do a world of good.
- Eat right. Veggies, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, and essential vitamins and minerals fortified in what nerves need should be on the menu frequently.
- Quit smoking, and avoid excessive amounts of alcohol. Both are closely related to nerve damage and nerve pain.
- Make an appointment with Dr. Sanjay Patel to review your symptoms and treatment options.
The best strategy for dealing with neuropathy pain and numbness is a combination of healthy lifestyle habits and professional treatment. To get an evaluation and treatment plan, please call Dr. Sanjay Patel at (203) 876-7736.