This week is dedicated to awareness of a problem that is growing in our country—peripheral neuropathy! Peripheral neuropathy is a term used to describe damage to the peripheral nerves in the legs and feet.
There are several different reasons people develop this condition, the most common cause being diabetes (other factors that can lead to this kind of damage are alcoholism, AIDS, chemotherapy and/or radiation and nutritional deficiencies.)
Whatever the cause of peripheral neuropathy, the result is the same: symptoms of the condition include weakness, numbness, burning, tickling, pricking or tingling and pain in the legs and/or feet.
Many people believe that they can’t do anything about this discomfort, but as your Houston podiatrist, I’m here to tell you that’s not the case.
Depending on the cause of your neuropathy, the treatment may differ, but at Tanglewood Foot Specialists, we’ve been using two successful therapies that have offered patients quite a bit of relief from symptoms.
One therapy, which helps with neuropathy caused by nutritional deficiencies, is called Neuremedy. A bioactive form of Vitamin B1, the medication relieves the pain and numbness of neuropathy by providing appropriate nourishment to patients.
Another exciting therapy available at my office is MicroVas, an FDA approved, non-invasive treatment designed to increase the circulation of blood in the feet and legs to allow more oxygen to reach the nerves, improving or, in some cases even eliminating, neuropathy symptoms.
What does that mean for patients? If you felt numbness, your sensation could be restored. If you experienced pain and tingling, your comfort level would improve.
As the first podiatrist in Houston to offer this therapy, Dr. Schneider is clearly at the forefront of neuropathy treatment. If you have been experiencing the discomfort of neuropathy, make a promise to yourself to improve your health during this awareness week and schedule an appointment at Tanglewood Foot Specialists to begin discussing treatment options.