Diagnosing & Treating Neuropathy

Pain, burning, numbness and tingling in the feet are common symptoms for many patients, even more so for those with diabetes and other medical issues.  Until recently, the most common form of treatment involved medication that suppressed the symptoms but did not address the cause.

What is neuropathy?
The presence of burning, tingling or numbness often leads to a diagnosis of neuropathy, yet in many cases it’s not. As doctors, we were taught that neuropathy is a neurological condition that only gets worse.  In recent years, we started to look at neuropathy as more of a vascular disease (related to poor circulation) rather than a nerve condition, but we had no way to prove it.

What has changed in diagnosing neuropathy?
There is now imaging that lets us see the circulation in the foot.  This special test shows if there are any blockages in the blood vessels below the ankle. A blockage affects circulation and may be the cause of your neuropathy symptoms.

What if you’re already being treated for neuropathy?
If medications or surgery aren’t helping to reduce the tingling, pain and numbness in your feet, it may be time to consider the fact that it might not be neuropathy.

If there is a blockage, what’s next?
Patients undergo a thorough exam and those that are candidates may have a minimally invasive procedure performed that basically clears the blockages and allows for better circulation in the area.  Many feel pain relief almost immediately.

When should someone seek help?
You should not wait to seek help.  At the first signs of a problem, make an appointment.  And, if you’re not finding relief from your current treatment, you need to be aware that other potentially more effective options may be available.

 Symptoms of neuropathy feel very similar to symptoms of circulation issues of the lower extremities.  Many times, vascular issues present themselves in the feet first.  These symptoms include numbness, tingling and pain just like neuropathy and should not be ignored.

Do you have “Neuropathy Symptoms”?  Or have been told you have neuropathy but medication or other treatments aren’t working?  Take our self assessment below to lean more about ta revolutionary treatment that is giving those with neuropathy symptoms a second chnace at life!  The time is now. We can help.  We look forward to seeing you at one of our Valley Wide or Northern Arizona offices.  

PAD is a condition that raises the risk for heart attack and stroke. It affects 8 to 12 million people in the United States.* Are you one of them?

Analyze your risk for PAD

Do your legs and/or feet ever feel numb?
Do you ever have a burning pain in your legs and/or feet?
Do your legs hurt, get tired, or cramp when you walk?
Do your feet or legs cramp in bed, does standing relieve it?
Are your feet always cold in bed at night?
Does it hurt when the sheets touch your skin?
Do you have sores on your legs or feet that won’t heal?
Do you think you have neuropathy?
Are your symptoms worse at night?
Do your feet look blue or purple?
If you’ve answered “yes” to 2 or more of these questions, you may have PAD. Be sure to talk to your doctor about these symptoms. Early recognition leads to early treatment which may lead to a better outcome.