Neuropathy services offered in Fresno and Madera, CA

Up to 8% of Americans 65 and older have neuropathy or permanent nerve damage. There’s no cure for neuropathy, but intervention and treatment can prevent it from worsening. At Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center, board-certified podiatrists Jay Mukker, DPM, FABPM, CWSP, and Gavin Lee, DPM, provide effective treatments for neuropathy. To make an appointment, call the office in Fresno or Madera, California, or book online today. 

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy refers to nerve damage or dysfunction. It causes a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms, like tingling, numbness, and chronic pain. 

Anyone can experience neuropathy, but several factors may increase your risk, including diabetes and heart disease. If you’re concerned about neuropathy, contact Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center today.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

The symptoms of neuropathy include:

  • Tingling sensations
  • Sharp, burning, or stabbing pain
  • Falling or loss of coordination
  • Muscle twitching and cramps
  • Muscle weakness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Sexual function problems
  • Weight loss

As the condition worsens, you might also experience problems with your bladder or bowels, like incontinence.

What causes neuropathy?

Various diseases and medical conditions increase the risk of neuropathy, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Trauma
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Kidney problems
  • Liver problems
  • Vascular disorders

You might also experience neuropathy if you drink alcohol to excess. 

How is neuropathy diagnosed?

To diagnose neuropathy, your Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including when they started, if they’re worse at certain times, and whether activities such as exercise make them worse.

Next, your provider performs a physical and neurological exam. They order lab tests, including bloodwork, to check for hormone, vitamin, or electrolyte imbalances. They might also order a nerve conduction study or electromyography to assess the health of your nerves and muscles.

How is neuropathy treated?

Treatment of neuropathy depends on various factors, including your age, the symptoms you’re experiencing, and the severity of the nerve damage. Your Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center provider might recommend:

  • Antidepressants
  • Seizure medication
  • Topical patches or creams
  • Narcotic medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Mechanical aids
  • Proper nutrition

The goal of treatment is to keep your symptoms from worsening and improve your quality of life.

Is there any way to prevent neuropathy?

You can’t prevent neuropathy entirely, but you can reduce your risk by embracing a healthy lifestyle. If you have diabetes, for example, it’s crucial to keep your blood sugar levels in check. You should also quit smoking, eat a balanced diet, and exercise regularly. 

Changes like these can help you live a long and active life.

To learn more about the treatment options for neuropathy, make an appointment at Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center. Call the office nearest you or book online today.