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Peripheral Neuropathy

Posted by john h on 8/21/01 at 15:50 (057454)

I read this last night and thought it worth posting. A bit long:

'Having numb feet that also ache is like having a hangover from drinking milk. It just doesn't manke sense. But if you've lost the feeling in your toes and your footisies are aching,burning, or feeling like they are being stabbed with tiny bayonets, you've got the classic symptoms of peripheral neuropathy (PN). a condition that effects about 20% of older Americans. PN results from damage to nerves or their protective coating in the peripheral nervous system. But the numb , achy feet (and sometimes hands) are often mis-diagnosed as arthritis. If you think you have PN, call a neurologist. If you know you have it, try these pain-relieving tips from John Seneff author of Numb Toes and Other Woes. (1) Pepper the pain. A topical ointment like Zostrix is effective if you can stand the heat. It is derrived from hot peppers. As far as prescription drugs, ask about Neurontin-the weapon of choice for PN pain relief (2)Work up a sweat. Exercise will improve your circulation. Because of the pain in your feet, low impact activities such as bicycling, rowing, and swiming are best. (3) Increase your intake of B-Complex vitamins, with major emphasis on B-12. Alpha-lipolic acid, flaxseed or fish oil, and minerals such as zinc, selenium, and magnesium can also help'.

Re: Peripheral Neuropathy

Fred on 8/22/01 at 03:30 (057507)

You failed to mention that peripheral neuropathy is commonly found in diabetics.

Re: Peripheral Neuropathy

Richard, C.Ped on 8/22/01 at 14:22 (057564)

Half of our business is PN patients. MOst are diabetics, some are not. Loss of feeling in the feet is bad. Protection and offloading is key. Having a good solid shoe as well as a custom insert will help greatly. We always tell our patients to check their feet every night for sore spots and shoes every morning for objects.
Richard

Re: Peripheral Neuropathy

Pauline on 8/22/01 at 15:22 (057573)

John,
Although numbness is a sign I believe you can have peripheral neuropathy
without the numbness, especially in its early stages. More often than not it presents without numbness. Since there are many different kinds of neuropathies many times a biopsy is done to determine which kind.

Re: Peripheral Neuropathy

Fred on 8/22/01 at 03:30 (057507)

You failed to mention that peripheral neuropathy is commonly found in diabetics.

Re: Peripheral Neuropathy

Richard, C.Ped on 8/22/01 at 14:22 (057564)

Half of our business is PN patients. MOst are diabetics, some are not. Loss of feeling in the feet is bad. Protection and offloading is key. Having a good solid shoe as well as a custom insert will help greatly. We always tell our patients to check their feet every night for sore spots and shoes every morning for objects.
Richard

Re: Peripheral Neuropathy

Pauline on 8/22/01 at 15:22 (057573)

John,
Although numbness is a sign I believe you can have peripheral neuropathy
without the numbness, especially in its early stages. More often than not it presents without numbness. Since there are many different kinds of neuropathies many times a biopsy is done to determine which kind.