Advanced Foot and Ankle Center
Paul Betschart, DPM
Podiatrist & Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Danbury, CT
Neuropathy affects the health and function of your nerves, commonly resulting in symptoms like numbness and tingling in the feet. If you suffer from symptoms of neuropathy, book an appointment with board-certified podiatrist Paul Betschart, DPM, at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center. Located in Danbury, Connecticut, the practice offers patients access to personalized foot and ankle care in a friendly, welcoming environment. To speak with Dr. Betschart about your symptoms, schedule your appointment by phone or online today.
Neuropathy Q & A
What is neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a condition that occurs as a result of nerve damage. Neuropathy causes symptoms like numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness that commonly affect the feet.
Neuropathy can cause a loss of sensation that can make it difficult to feel pain or temperature changes. Neuropathy can also affect your balance and increase your risk of falls.
People with neuropathy can experience injuries like burns or cuts without noticing. Without treatment, these injuries can become infected, leading to further complications with your health.
What causes neuropathy?
Nerve damage can occur as a result of a wide range of underlying issues like:
- Alcohol abuse
- Autoimmune diseases
- Certain medications
- Vitamin deficiencies
Diabetes is the most common cause of neuropathy. High levels of sugar in the blood can cause nerve damage, resulting in pain and loss of sensation. People with diabetes often experience diabetic ulcers and infections, which can lead to gangrene and amputation.
Neuropathy can cause a number of serious complications with your health. If you notice symptoms, Dr. Betschart and his team can help you find the right treatment.
How is neuropathy diagnosed?
Because neuropathy has a wide range of potential causes, a diagnosis requires an in-depth evaluation. During your appointment, Dr. Betschart performs a physical exam and review of your medical history. He also performs a neurological exam to check your reflexes and muscle strength.
In some cases, you may require additional tests like a blood test, biopsy, or imaging test. Dr. Betschart gathers all of these details to uncover the underlying cause of your neuropathy. After your condition, he works with you to develop your treatment plan.
What treatments are available?
Treatment depends on the cause of your symptoms. In many cases, treating the underlying cause of your symptoms is the best way to address neuropathy. Depending on your needs, Dr. Betschart may recommend treatments to manage your symptoms like pain relievers, orthotics, topical treatments, and physical therapy.
Dr. Betschart is also the only provider in the area to offer Neurogenx™ electric signal therapy. This innovative, noninvasive treatment uses high-frequency electronic waves to relieve neuropathy symptoms and reverse nerve damage.
Although neuropathy may seem like a minor problem, it can pose a great threat to your overall health and mobility. To learn more, call or book your appointment at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center online today.