What kind of doctor treats neuropathy in feet?
If your primary care physician believes or suspects that you may have a form of peripheral neuropathy, then they are most likely to refer you to a neurologist, which a specialist who focuses on diseases of the nerves. Alternatively, they may also recommend or refer you to see a podiatrist, which is a physician who specializes in the feet and ankles, although it is more than likely that you will be referred to a neurologist.
What is the best treatment for neuropathy?
There is no singular best treatment for neuropathy, as each patient is unique and will respond best to different methods of relief and treatment. Thus, for many, the best treatment for their neuropathy will depend on what they respond to best, which means that they will be working closely with their physician to determine a treatment plan and regime that works best for them.
With that being said, there are a variety of methods which can be used to treat neuropathy, which may include the use of over-the-counter analgesic, pain relief, medication for mild pain. For those whose neuropathic pain is more severe, then anticonvulsants or antidepressants are commonly prescribed medications to help with pain relief, as their affects on the central nervous system can help with calming overactive nerves. Another possible option for pain relief is the administration of a local anesthetic, usually lidocaine, and steroid (cortisone) blocks.
If none of the above options work for a patient, then there are other options, which may include cannabinoids or opiate analgesics (pain relievers). For some patients, their treatment regime may also include physical therapies to help rebuild strength and coordination, but this will depend on the patient’s unique case and what their physician believes will work best for them.
What causes neuropathy to flare up?
There are a variety of different causes for why neuropathy may flare up, and these will vary from one person to another. Sometimes it may be caused by sleeping in an awkward or funny position, a sudden movement, or strenuous exercise – possibly even by a certain food or drink. It is very important that if you experience common flare ups caused by your neuropathy, that you begin to identify what causes these flare ups to occur, so that you may try to avoid them in the future.
One of the possible common triggers for neuropathy can be alcohol intake, so it is important that you either limit or avoid alcohol altogether to avoid causing a neuropathic flare up or to help with preventing the progress of neuropathy.
Can foot neuropathy be cured?
For those who develop neuropathy, it is a condition where few types of it can be fully cured, although early treatment can improve the outcome. There is a chance for some of the nerve fibers to slowly regenerate if the nerve cell itself remains alive and eliminating the underlying cause of the neuropathy can help with preventing future damage. With good nutrition and a reasonable amount of exercise, then healing can be sped up. Additionally, it is important that, if you do smoke, that you quit so as to halt the constriction of blood vessels, allowing them to deliver more nutrients which will help with the repair of injured peripheral nerves.
If you are located in the Las Vegas, NV area and are looking for relief or help managing your foot neuropathy, then we at Neuropathy and Pain Centers of America are here for you. To book your appointment with us, please call us at (702) 620-8012 for new patients or (702) 257-7246 for returning or existing patients; you may also visit our website to request an appointment online.
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