Peripheral Neuropathy Specialist

Ankur Dharia, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute

Ankur Dharia, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Hillsborough Township, NJ

Nerve damage in your feet, also called peripheral neuropathy, is a condition that requires early intervention to prevent irreparable damage. At Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute, Ankur Dharia, DPM, and his team understand the many complications that can stem from peripheral neuropathy in your feet, and they work with their Hillsborough, New Jersey, patients to quickly control the problem. For the treatment of your peripheral neuropathy, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Peripheral Neuropathy Q & A

What is peripheral neuropathy?

Your body’s central nervous system — your brain and spinal cord — branch out in a complex network of nerves that total 46 miles and reaches almost every square inch of your body. Any nerve outside your central nervous system is referred to as a peripheral nerve, and neuropathy describes any damage to these nerves. 

What are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy in my feet?

If you’re developing peripheral neuropathy in your feet, you may feel one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Altered sensations in your feet
  • Weakness
  • Trouble with balance
  • Extreme sensitivity in your feet

Your nerves are incredibly complex and any damage can garble the messaging between the sensory nerves in your feet and your brain, which is what accounts for the wide range of diverse symptoms.

What causes peripheral neuropathy?

Nerve damage in your feet can develop for any number of reasons, chief among them:

  • Diabetes
  • Certain cancer medications
  • Trauma
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Infections
  • Autoimmune disorders

Far and away, the leading cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes, which is why regular diabetic foot care at Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute is so important.

How is peripheral neuropathy treated?

After reviewing your symptoms, your medical history, and performing any necessary nerve conduction studies, Dr. Dharia and his team are able to provide the proper treatment plan for your peripheral neuropathy.

If your neuropathy is due to diabetes, one of the best treatment protocols is better management of glucose levels in your blood.

Other treatments for peripheral neuropathy include:

  • Medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Changes in footwear
  • Orthotics

Peripheral neuropathy can lead to irreversible nerve damage, so it’s important that you seek help at Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute as early as possible.

If you have diabetes, it’s critical that you keep up with your regular diabetic foot care appointments. Regular check-ins mean the team can closely monitor the nerve health in your feet and spot any potential problems before they blossom into something more serious.

For experienced care of peripheral neuropathy, call Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute or schedule an appointment online for a consultation.