Foot neuropathy is always a possibility for those suffering from diabetes or those who have experienced some form of trauma that somehow affects the nerve cells. Neuropathy in the feet can be differentiated by feeling of numbness, tingling or needle like sensation pricking the underside of the foot.

Neuropathy in the feet can make walking barefoot or any form of walking for that matter a challenge. A loss of balance can be had as well as a loss of muscle coordination with some severe cases of foot neuropathy.

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Other Causes of Neuropathy

Though diabetes is the most common denominator for foot neuropathy other influences such as alcohol and HIV can also contribute to foot neuropathy. When the disease has progressed to the point of interrupting daily living help is needed and treatment should be sought. The ideal time to seek medical help for foot neuropathy is at the moment when you first begin to feel neuropathic symptoms such as intense burning in the feet or numbness.

Treatment for Neuropathy

Treatment does not always reverse the affects of neuropathy but can and will help relieve the symptoms and pain that comes with having foot neuropathy.

Medication: Over the counter medication such as aspirin and Ibuprofen can help relive the pain temporarily. Other prescriptions could be topical creams that are applied when needed.

Diet and proper nutrition: Healthy eating habits can drastically improve the underline issue and help correct or minimize the affects that neuropathy is having on your body

Massage and physical therapy are two wonderful methods that can help relieve the pain.

Vitamins and natural supplements. B1 (Benfotiamine), B12 (Methylcobalamine) and Alpha-lipoic acid have all been clinically proven to help reduce or eliminate the signs of neuropathy.

Brad Schaeffer, D.P.M.
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