Causes, Symptoms, and Management of Foot Neuropathy

Causes, Symptoms, and Management of Foot Neuropathy

August 1, 2023

Foot neuropathy is characterized by nerve damage affecting foot sensation and function. It can result from various underlying conditions, including diabetes, alcohol abuse, vitamin deficiencies, and certain medications. As foot neuropathy progresses, individuals may experience tingling, burning sensations, numbness, or weakness in their feet. Over time, this condition can lead to foot ulcers, infections, and difficulties with maintaining balance and walking. The treatment of foot neuropathy depends on its cause and severity. Approaches may include managing the underlying condition, administering medications to control pain or nerve inflammation, physical therapy, and lifestyle modifications. If you are experiencing this discomfort, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who is well-versed in dealing with this condition.


Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with one of our podiatrists from PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.


To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Allentown, Easton, Northampton, and Chew Street in Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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