Where Neuropathy Comes From

Every spring the Carson Chamber Singers prepare a fun spring concert, and this year they are bringing Broadway to Minden, NV with concerts on May 6 and 10. You’ll enjoy tunes from The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, and more, but if you experience tingling and sharp shooting pains in your legs and feet while sitting, you’ll be singing a different tune!

Causes of neuropathy in feet can be many and varied—everything from conditions like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic alcoholism to medications, vitamin deficiencies, and exposure to toxins. To find out the reason for tingling and pain in your feet, set up a visit at Sierra Foot & Ankle. In the meantime, here are some quick facts about the condition:

  • Neuropathy is damage to the nerves that results in a set of symptoms including pain, tingling, burning, numbness, and lack of sensation. In some cases, the real reason for symptoms is never known.
  • It can affect different sets of nerves: autonomic ones that control bodily systems, motor ones that enable movement, or sensory ones that give your brain information about your surroundings. This last one can be a problem for diabetic feet.
  • Treatment involves relieving the uncomfortable symptoms, but also controlling the underlying cause. If it is a toxin, you need to remove it. If it is medication, we’ll help you find alternatives. If it is diabetes, you need to get your sugar levels under control with medication and diet. If it results from an injury, you need time and treatment to heal properly.

Following are some actions you can take to protect yourself from nerve damage. One is to watch your diet to make sure you are getting enough B-12 from foods like meat, eggs, low-fat dairy, or fortified cereals. Another is to find ways to exercise that are safe for you. Aim for at least a half hour, three times a week. Finally, try to avoid smoking, consuming too much alcohol, repetitive motions, sitting for long periods in cramped positions, and exposure to toxins.

If nerve pain has you singing the blues, call Sierra Foot & Ankle in Gardnerville, NV and let us evaluate what’s going on. Earlier is better, because treatment can stop the progression of this painful condition. Our phone number is (775) 783-8037, or you can call toll free at (888) 608-8406.
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