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Neuropathy Specialist

Amit Shah DPM

Podiatrists & Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in North Brunswick, Edison, & Cranbury, NJ

Neuropathy refers to nerve damage that can cause a wide range of concerning symptoms throughout your body. If you notice symptoms like numbness in your hands and feet, Amit Shah DPM in North Brunswick, Edison, and Cranbury, New Jersey, can help. Drs. Shah and Armanious, DPM, can determine the underlying cause of your nerve damage and the best treatment for managing your condition. To speak with a doctor about your symptoms call the office or book an appointment online today.

Neuropathy Q&A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy or peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage that affects the nerves outside of your central nervous system (your brain and spinal cord).

The nerves that make up your peripheral nervous system are located throughout your body. When you experience peripheral nerve damage, it results in painful symptoms in the affected area. 

What causes neuropathy?

Neuropathy is more of a symptom than a condition. There are several underlying conditions that can cause neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is most commonly caused by diabetes. 

High levels of blood sugar weaken the small blood vessels that supply your nerves with oxygen and nutrients and can cause nerve damage throughout the body. Diabetic neuropathy most commonly affects the feet and hands causing numbness and burning pain. 

In addition to diabetes, neuropathy can be caused by many other conditions including: 

  • Traumatic injuries
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Infections
  • Tumors
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Vascular disorders
  • Alcoholism

Depending on the underlying cause, the symptoms of neuropathy can develop slowly or occur rapidly and continue to worsen. Understanding the underlying contributors to your neuropathy is essential to treating and managing the condition.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Each nerve in your peripheral nervous system serves a particular function. The symptoms of your peripheral neuropathy depend on the area and type of nerve affected. Depending on the complexities of your condition, symptoms can include:

  • Tingling or numbness
  • Sharp, throbbing pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Severe sensitivity to touch
  • Inability to feel your hands or feet
  • Excessive sweating
  • Inability to sweat
  • Paralysis
  • Inability to feel pain 
  • Loss of sensation
  • Bladder or bowel problems
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Sexual dysfunction

Early diagnosis and treatment are key to successfully treating your condition and helping you avoid further nerve damage. If you notice symptoms, the team at Amit Shah DPM can help you determine the underlying cause of your nerve damage. 

How is neuropathy treated?

Treatment for neuropathy depends on the underlying contributors to your condition. Your doctor begins with an in-depth evaluation to identify any underlying conditions like diabetes or infections. 

Your evaluation may include several diagnostics including imaging tests, blood tests, and examinations of your nerve functions. Depending on the cause of your neuropathy, treatment may include:

  • Medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Braces
  • Orthotics

For patients with diabetic neuropathy, managing your diabetes is the best way to control your symptoms and prevent further nerve damage. 

To discuss your condition, book an appointment at Amit Shah DPM by phone or online today.