If your feet feel like they are cased in wax, this could be a sign of peripheral neuropathy

A common comment that we hear from our patients is that their feet are numb. And this is not the "usual" numb that many of us feel from time to time. It's the kind of numb that people describe as feeling like they are wearing several pairs of socks. Even when they aren't. They feel like their feet are encased in wax. It doesn't hurt, but it's not right.

In other cases, the pain is more icy-hot, almost burning. These icy tingly sensations make it feel like your feet are always cold. But even doubling or tripling up on socks won't get them warm. If this sounds unpleasant to you, you're right. These are all symptoms of a condition called peripheral neuropathy. And, though it's very uncomfortable, we can help you find pain relief. No matter what those other podiatrists have told you! 

In a minute, we'll explain how we treat neuropathy in our Houston podiatry practice. But first, we want you to understand what's behind these uncomfortable symptoms. 

What is Peripheral Neuropathy? 

With peripheral neuropathy, the nerves running to your lower extremities don't work well. They aren't efficient, so they can't be effective. Because of their short comings, you can develop nerve pain symptoms. This means a burning or stinging pain. It could also cause an icy, tingly pain, or a sensation of numbness. While different from the sharp pain of injuries, both are awful. And leave you always aware of your troublesome feet. 

Why do people develop neuropathy? Diabetes is one common cause of peripheral neuropathy. But it's far from the only reason why your nerves fail. So why do we talk about diabetic neuropathy so often? It's one of the few known cause of this type of nerve damage. Because, unfortunately, we often don't find any other cause for your peripheral neuropathy.

That's one of many reasons why peripheral neuropathy is hard to treat. It's why many nerve pain sufferers end up frustrated. And without any pain relief. Now, I said it's hard to treat neuropathy. But it's not impossible. As long as you have experience and the right equipment. If you're still reading along with me at this point, you're in luck. We've got both in our Houston neuropathy practice. That's why you should keep reading, to find out how we can deliver pain relief for neuropathy sufferers. 

Treating Neuropathy in Houston

Supplements containing Vitamin B1 can help manage neuropathy symptoms
Everyone's neuropathy symptoms are a little different. So it's lucky that I've got lots of treatment plans available for your relief. First, let's talk medication. Many medications claim they can relieve the pain of neuropathy. These include Lyrica, Cymbalta, and Neurontin. And, they can. Sometimes. But, these drugs are only effective when your neuropathy presents with pain. And, they often come with unpleasant side effects.

Now, if your neuropathy makes your feet feel numb? Or if your feet feel as if they are encased in wax? Prescription medications won't help. For these situations, we look to a less invasive treatment option: vitamin supplements. This is a choice we love to suggest. Because vitamins come with fewer side effects. And they are often very effective in alleviating neuropathy symptoms.

Want to hear some more good news? You can take both without fear of interactions to other medications. Even better? They carry no side effects. Still, if they work for you, you'll have to keep taking these vitamins forever. Because once you stop, you won't continue experiencing the pain relief. 

Best Shoes for Neuropathy Relief 

In addition to vitamins and other treatment options, you may find some neuropathy relief with changes in your footwear. Remember, with neuropathy, sensation in your feet may be compromised. In turn, your balance may be affected, leaving you more vulnerable to trips and slips. So, one of the first things to look for in your shoes will be support! Next, try to find styles with plenty of shock absorbtion. Again, since you can't feel pain as distinctly with this nerve issue, your feet could be sustaining impact damage from walking and running. But you wouldn't even know it! As a result, the best way to stay safe is to wear shoes with plenty of shock absorption and padding. 

Also, people with neuropathy should wear stable footwear. That means the shoes don't have tons of give in the sole. A good way to test this feature is turn a shoe upside down, placing one hand on the heel and the other on the toe. Next, try to twist the shoe. Ideally, you won't get much movement when you do so, and that will tell you that you've found a solidly stable shoe choice. 

The Importance of Treating Neuropathy  Even with foot exams, neuropathy increases your risk for diabetic  foot ulcers and amputation

If you find it easy to manage neuropathy pain, should you still treat this problem? The answer here is a loud and clear, "yes." Why is it so important to treat neuropathy?

First of all, neuropathy is a progressive condition. So if you don't seek treatment, you won't just feel symptoms in your feet. It could become a problem that impacts your entire leg. Plus, if we stop your icy foot pain before your feet go numb, we can help prevent diabetic foot complications. In this country, too many diabetics lose their limbs to amputation. And many of those amputations are because of unhealed foot ulcers. (These hard-to-heal wounds can allow infection to enter into your bones.)

But what's the connection between ulcers and neuropathy? When neuropathy makes your feet numb, you may not notice a cut or other small wounds. Then, if you don't check your feet regularly, those small cuts become big problems.

And, if you add in reduced blood flow to your feet, you've now got big wounds that will be hard to heal. This is when many diabetics develop ulcers. A medical emergency which, again, can lead to amputations.

Of course, we never want our patients to reach that point. Which is why we offer cutting-edge neuropathy treatments in Houston. Because our goal is to restore feeling to your feet. Before you face other diabetic complications.

Houston Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment Options

Of course, with any neuropathy treatment options, we can't guarantee your pain relief. Each of our patients is unique. And that's why not every neuropathy treatment works for different people.

If that sounds like a problem, don't worry. Because, do you want to know what we can guarantee? Doctors tell many people with neuropathy that we can't do anything to relieve their pain. But we promise you: that statement can't be farther from the truth. Give your podiatrist in Houston, TX a call. We'll schedule your neuropathy consultation today. We've got great neuropathy treatment options in my office. Let's see if one or more of these may be the pain relief solution you've been waiting for! 


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Curtis Adams 04/06/2014 12:34 PM
Both of my feet have some numbness,especially underneath the foot, where my toes attach. If I rub or scratch an itch on my right foot, it will leave a red mark, sort of like a rash. It doesn't seem to be going away. It want do that with my left foot. Sometimes, I have a burning sensation in the lower section of my legs. I function fine with NO pain. It's weird. What are your thoughts?
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Karen 04/08/2014 02:12 AM
I feel like that exactly
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Roger Hayes 04/24/2014 04:39 AM
I have a wax feeling under my feet but no pain. What shall I do.
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Roger Hayes 04/24/2014 04:40 AM
I have a wax feeling under my feet but no pain. What shall I do.
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Jack 08/20/2014 04:12 PM
I feel like my toes and front part of me feet are encased in wax.
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Roger Hayes 11/09/2014 11:46 AM
The wax feeling comes and goes. It is not permanent. Sometimes I get relief by wearing socks whereby you do not feel the wax feeling. However, I will try the vitamins. Roger Hayes.
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jay 10/14/2015 12:26 PM
My toes were numb to the touch, they would cramp if I moved them a certain way; my feet smelled awful; my legs and ankles were terribly swollen with water weight. I had calluses on my heels and toes, so I decided to start taking care of my feet with one of those electric grinders. Believe it or not - once I ground enough dead skin away - underneath those calluses were years, and I mean decades of corns, more calluses, even more corns. There were soft calluses filled with fatty pus, there were corns between my toes, there were corns stacked on corns stacked on corns - it was horrendous. It has taken almost a year of soaking, careful trimming and filing to rid myself of the disgusting 'armor' encasing my poor feet and toes. But that's not the end, because the very last layer is like a thin coating of wax, especially where the arch is. And that's where I am now. That 'armor' had tightened around my toes and heel, cutting off most of the circulation to my feet. No wonder my legs were so puffy and my toes were numb. All reversed now. I consider it a miracle - literally. No more water weight. I can feel the blood moving through my legs. I have bones in my calves I could never see before. My ankles are trim and I don't get cramps in my toes anymore. I can feel my toes! My feet smell fresh and clean! My feet touch the ground!!! I feel healthier, period. I have to wonder how many other people are suffering like this - underneath those innocent looking calluses could be some mighty gross stuff doing some terrible damage.
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Ellen Rose 08/26/2016 07:11 PM
I too have a feeling that my toes are encased in wax.
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Sandra Silvester 06/28/2017 04:48 AM
I am in the U.K. My feet feel like they're encased in wax. I am struggling with the sensation and desperately want it to go. Has anyone got rid of this feeling?
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Donna Stanger 07/31/2017 10:22 AM
In the last 1 1/2 - 2 mos my feet (soles of my feet ) feel stiff like cardboard or plastic. I am 81yrs old and this is a brand new feeling. I go barefoot a lot and so my feet are sort of tough, but this stiffness is a new feeling.
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Sandra Silvester 08/17/2017 10:49 AM
Peripheral neuropathy
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Sandra Silvester 08/17/2017 10:53 AM
Did anyone with the feeling of feet being encased in wax manage to make the feeling go away?
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Ali G 01/11/2020 03:49 PM
Both soles of feet feel like they are encased in wax or cardboard. The feeling goes right up to my ankles. Does anyone know what this is and how to get rid of it?
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