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Neuropathy

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What is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a medical condition that affects your nerves. It can cause weakness, tingling, and pain in your feet, hands, and arms. It can also cause numbness and burning sensations.

Neuropathy is most common in people who have diabetes. It can also happen if you have a vitamin B12 deficiency or if you take medicines that cause nerve damage.

Neuropathy is not always painful, but it can be serious if it causes you to lose feeling in your feet or hands. This could make it hard to feel hot or cold temperatures, which could lead to burns or frostbite.

You may need treatment if you have neuropathy because it can lead to other health problems, such as blood clots or ulcers in your feet or legs.

What are the types of Neuropathy?

Foot Neuropathy

Inner foot neuropathy is the most common type of neuropathy that affects the feet. It happens when you have diabetes or other conditions like alcoholism or kidney disease. It causes tingling or pain in your big toe, but it can also affect other parts of your foot.

Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy occurs when there’s damage to the nerves in your body. This damage can be caused by diabetes or traumatic injury such as a car crash or sports injury. The symptoms include numbness and pain in your fingers and toes, which can lead to loss of feeling in these areas over time if left untreated.

Motor Neuropathy

This type causes muscle weakness or paralysis. It affects the motor nerves, which are responsible for movement.

Sensory Neuropathy

This type causes numbness and tingling in the hands and feet. It affects sensory nerves, which carry signals from your body to your brain and help you feel things like temperature and texture.

Autonomic Nerve Neuropathy

This type causes problems with blood pressure regulation and bladder function. It affects autonomic nerves, which control involuntary bodily functions like blood pressure regulation and digestion.

Combination Neuropathies

These combine symptoms from more than one type of neuropathy including sensory, motor, and autonomic nerve damage all at once.

What are the causes of Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is an umbrella term that describes any type of nerve damage. There are many different types of neuropathy, and they can be caused by many things, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Alcoholism
  • Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • Inflammation
  • Fungal infections (in the case of fungal infections, it’s more common for people to notice tingling in their toes before they notice pain)

What are the symptoms of Neuropathy?

Neuropathy symptoms can range from mild to severe and may include:

  • Numbness or tingling in one or more areas of your hands or feet (usually starting with the pinky toe)
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain that occurs both during rest and with movement (often described as burning)
  • Loss of balance control and coordination when walking

What are the risk factors for Neuropathy?

There are a number of risk factors for neuropathy, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Peripheral vascular disease (PVD)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Alcoholism
  • High blood pressure
  • liver disease
  • kidney disease

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What are the exercises for Neuropathy?

Exercise can help reduce the symptoms of neuropathy by increasing blood flow to the affected area. It also increases circulation, which brings oxygen and nutrients to the nerve tissue. This helps promote healing and reduces pain.

Other exercise options include:

1) Swimming – Swimming is great because it gets you moving while keeping your joints stable.

2) Tai Chi – Tai Chi is an exercise that focuses on slow movements and breathing techniques, which can help improve flexibility and balance in older adults with neuropathy who have difficulty walking or standing for long periods of time without support from others around them (such as when dancing).

3) Yoga – Yoga involves a series of poses performed at varying speeds using different muscles throughout your body (including those affected by neuropathy), so it’s an excellent choice if you’re looking for something more challenging than just walking around outside (which might not be enough stimulation for some people).

What are the treatments for Neuropathy?

There are a few different ways to treat Neuropathy.

First, it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis of what kind of neuropathy you have because the treatment can vary depending on that.

For example, if you have diabetic neuropathy, your treatment will be different than if you have post-herpetic neuralgia or chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.

Once you know what kind of neuropathy you have and what caused it, there are things you can do to manage the pain and discomfort associated with the condition.

Some treatments for neuropathy include:

  • Taking over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen
  • Using heat and cold therapy
  • Getting acupuncture treatments
  • Using compression stockings or other compression garments
  • If pain management isn’t enough for you, there are also several medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating some types of neuropathy. These include:
  • Nerve Growth Factor Inhibitors (NGFIs) such as Ampyra or Spinraza (for diabetic peripheral neuropathy)
  • Anticonvulsants like gabapentin or pregabalin (for postherpetic neuralgia)

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What brace is used for Neuropathy?

The Walkasins is a brace that can help alleviate the symptoms of neuropathy. It works by stimulating pressure points in the foot and ankle, which helps to relieve pain. The Walkasins can be worn during daily activities or at night while you sleep.

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