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

A common comment that I hear from my 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 feet makes 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, I'll explain how we treat neuropathy in my Houston podiatry practice. But first, I 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 my Houston neuropathy practice. That's why you should keep reading, to find out how I 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 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, I look to a less invasive treatment option: vitamin supplements. This is a choice I love. Because vitamins come with less side effects. And they are often very effective in alleviating neuropathy symptoms.

What's my favorite vitamin option? Neuremedy , a medical food neuropathy vitamin. It contains a fat-soluble form of thiamine, which is Vitamin B1. Metanx is another medical food. It's packed with several vitamins and nutrients; these nourish and support your nerves.

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. 

Boosting Circulation for Neuropathy Patients

Another exciting therapy available at my office is MicroVas. This is an FDA approved, non-invasive treatment that boosts blood circulation in your feet and legs. This lets more oxygen reach your nerves. And that improves the neuropathy symptoms that other treatments can't help. Plus, for some people, it even eliminates the problems.

What does all that mean for my patients? If you felt numbness, or like your feet were stuck in wax, we can restore your sensation. If you lived with pain and tingling? We could improve your comfort, without medications! I've seen great results with this form of therapy! And that's why I was the first podiatrist in Houston to offer MicroVas treatments! 

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 hear is a loud and clear, "yes." Why is it so important to treat neuropathy?

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 gets 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, I never want my patients to reach that point. Which is why I offer cutting-edge neuropathy treatments in Houston. Because my 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, I can't guarantee your pain relief. Each of my 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 I can guarantee? Doctors tell many people with neuropathy that we can't do anything to relieve their pain. But I 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. I'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! 

 

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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A podiatrist and foot surgeon in Houston, TX.
13 Comments
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?
by Ali G January 11, 2020 at 03:49 PM
Did anyone with the feeling of feet being encased in wax manage to make the feeling go away?
by Sandra Silvester August 17, 2017 at 10:53 AM
Peripheral neuropathy
by Sandra Silvester August 17, 2017 at 10:49 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.
by Donna Stanger July 31, 2017 at 10:22 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?
by Sandra Silvester June 28, 2017 at 04:48 AM
I too have a feeling that my toes are encased in wax.
by Ellen Rose August 26, 2016 at 07:11 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.
by jay October 14, 2015 at 12:26 PM
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.
by Roger Hayes November 9, 2014 at 11:46 AM
I feel like my toes and front part of me feet are encased in wax.
by Jack August 20, 2014 at 04:12 PM
I have a wax feeling under my feet but no pain. What shall I do.
by Roger Hayes April 24, 2014 at 04:40 AM
I have a wax feeling under my feet but no pain. What shall I do.
by Roger Hayes April 24, 2014 at 04:39 AM
I feel like that exactly
by Karen April 8, 2014 at 02:12 AM
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?
by Curtis Adams April 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM
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