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Causes and Diagnosis of Foot Neuropathy

Foot neuropathy, a nerve disorder affecting the feet, can stem from various underlying causes. It presents with symptoms such as numbness, tingling, and pain. One primary cause of neuropathy is diabetes, which can lead to nerve damage over time due to high blood sugar levels. Other contributing factors include autoimmune diseases, infections, vitamin deficiencies, and traumatic injuries. To diagnose foot neuropathy, podiatrists typically begin with a thorough medical history and physical examination to assess symptoms and identify potential risk factors. Diagnostic tests such as nerve conduction studies and electromyography may be performed to evaluate nerve function and assess the extent of nerve damage. Additionally, blood tests may be conducted to check for underlying medical conditions contributing to neuropathy. Imaging studies such as MRI or CT scans may be utilized to rule out structural abnormalities or nerve compression. If you have numbness or tingling in your feet, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage foot neuropathy.


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 Edward Fryman, DPM, FACFAOM from Seaford Foot Care Center. Our doctor 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 our office located in Seaford, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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