What to Eat Wednesday: Can Horseradish Help My Numb Feet?


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Horseradish can help improve circulationMany of the patients in my Houston podiatry practice experience the pain, tingling and numbness associated with peripheral neuropathy, a term that describes damage to the nerves of the legs and feet. While this condition is often associated with diabetes, other illnesses can lead to this kind of nerve damage as well.

Since I love exploring food and the way it impacts our overall health, I thought I’d take a moment to explore a rumor that's been going around for a while: whether the spicy herb of horseradish can help patients experience relief from this painful condition.

Did you know that you can make horseradish tea? Well, according to Herbs2000.com, you can, and it apparently can help improve circulation to reduce cold and numbness in the extremities, particularly in older individuals who commonly experience these uncomfortable side effects. You can visit the website’ s horseradish page for instructions on how to make the tea if you’re so inclined.

Of course, once nerve damage has occurred, it can be difficult to reverse, but improving circulation is one important way to stave off the painful side effects of peripheral neuropathy. Drinking horseradish tea offers no guarantee of improved circulation, but MicroVas therapy, which I provide at Tanglewood Foot Specialists, is an FDA-approved non-invasive treatment that increases the circulation of blood in the feet and legs to allow more oxygen to be reach your nerves. This has vastly improved, and even eliminated, the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy in my patients.

As the first doctor in Houston to offer MicroVas, I am happy to answer any questions you may have about its ability to improve your circulation and reduce the painful side effects of peripheral neuropathy. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today to learn more about treatment options for peripheral neuropathy and, in the meantime, feel free to brew a cup of horseradish tea—it can’t hurt, and it just might help!

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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.