Neuropathy Specialist

Gelbmann Podiatry  -  - Podiatry

Gelbmann Podiatry

Podiatry & Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, Foot & Ankle Surgeon, & Orthopedic Trauma located in Near Southside & West Town, Chicago, IL

Neuropathy is a condition that affects the health and function of your nerves, resulting in painful symptoms in your legs and feet. If you experience neuropathy symptoms, book an appointment with David Gelbmann, DPM, and Ramsha Tanwir, DPM, at Gelbmann Podiatry. Located in the Near Southside and West Town neighborhoods of Chicago, Illinois, the practice offers a wide range of services to handle all of your podiatric needs. To speak with a doctor about your symptoms, schedule an appointment by phone or book online today.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that occurs as a result of damage to your nerves. Also called peripheral neuropathy, it refers to damage to your peripheral nerves. Peripheral nerves are the nerves outside of your brain and spinal cord found throughout your body. 

Damage to the peripheral nerves results in several symptoms, including:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Loss of sensation
  • Muscle weakness
  • Sharp, throbbing, or burning pain

Although peripheral neuropathy can affect any of your body’s nerves, it most commonly occurs in the hands, legs, and feet. 

Peripheral neuropathy can cause abnormal pain and extreme sensitivity to touch. For some people, something as simple as putting weight on the feet or laying under a blanket can trigger intense pain. 

What causes neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy results from anything that damages your nerves. In addition to nerve injuries, neuropathy may also occur with:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Tumors
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Hereditary conditions
  • Infections
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Certain medications
  • Vitamin deficiencies

In some cases, there’s no apparent cause of neuropathy. Over time, neuropathy weakens your muscles and reduces your ability to feel temperature, pain, and different sensations, increasing your risk of burns and other types of injuries. 

What is diabetic neuropathy?

Diabetic neuropathy refers to nerve damage caused by diabetes. Diabetic neuropathy affects more than 50% of people with diabetes. High levels of blood sugar cause restricted blood flow and nerve damage in the legs and feet. 

People with diabetic neuropathy may experience minor injuries without noticing them. After going unnoticed for some time, these minor injuries may eventually become serious open wounds that can lead to an infection, gangrene, or amputation. 

How is neuropathy treated?

Treatment depends on the cause of your neuropathy. If an underlying condition like diabetes or an autoimmune disease causes your symptoms, properly managing your underlying condition can improve your neuropathy. 

Your doctor may also suggest several additional treatments to relieve the symptoms of your neuropathy like:

  • Pain relievers
  • Topical treatments
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Physical therapy

With the right treatment, the specialists at Gelbmann Podiatry can relieve your symptoms and help you avoid serious complications with your feet. To schedule your visit, call one of the offices or book an appointment online today.