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Causes and Treatment of Foot Neuropathy

Neuropathy in the feet is a complex and often debilitating condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It refers to damage or dysfunction of the peripheral nerves, leading to a range of distressing symptoms. These can include numbness, tingling, and burning sensations, in addition to sharp pains in the feet. The causes of neuropathy in the feet are diverse, with diabetes being a leading factor. Other potential triggers include alcohol abuse, certain medications, and infections. Additionally, autoimmune diseases and traumatic injuries can contribute to developing neuropathy. Early detection is important, as untreated neuropathy can lead to severe complications, such as foot ulcers. Effective treatment approaches depend on the underlying cause. Managing blood sugar levels and lifestyle modifications are essential for reducing the effects of diabetic neuropathy. Medication, such as pain relievers, may be prescribed to alleviate symptoms. Early intervention and a comprehensive treatment plan can help manage neuropathy, improving the quality of life for those affected. If you are affected by foot neuropathy, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can guide you toward effective relief and treatment options. 


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 Princeton 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 Princeton and West Windsor, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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