When neuropathy keeps you from driving, it’s not fun losing the independence you’ve had your whole life. Activities abound in the greater Sacramento area, like the 10th Annual Helping Handbags Luncheon and Auction, an event hosted by the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary on Saturday, October 18. If you aren’t able to attend, though, because you can’t find someone to drive you, come see us for treatment so you can keep your independence and do the things you choose.
Here’s the good news: You are not alone and driving with neuropathy is not impossible. So many people suffer from this problem and want to get advice. Here’s ours—treat the condition as soon as it starts. We can improve, and may even be able to reverse the symptoms of numbness, tingling, and pain. We offer advanced treatment options and have even opened a special clinic, called the Foot and Ankle Centers for the Care of Neuropathy, to treat this devastating loss of feeling in your feet. There are not many doctors who can do what we do and care as much as we do about this issue.
When you try to drive with neuropathy, you can’t feel the gas or brake pedal. This loss of sensation can cause you to brake suddenly and accelerate more rapidly than normal. It might also cause a delayed response time because it’s harder to find the pedals. With our expertise, we can give you exercises, special shoes, and advanced therapy to help with your condition. When you have severe nerve pain, nerve surgery may also be an option that we can perform.
We can even recommend a driving rehabilitation specialist in the area that can equip you with special modifications to help you get back on the road. This may include installing hand controls in your car so you can better operate it.
Whether you’ve had some close calls with car accidents and gave up driving for good, or you’re still on the road but you’re terrified of driving, it’s time to make an appointment at the McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group in Carmichael. Driving with neuropathy doesn’t have to keep you from getting around. Call our office at (916) 961-3434 to make an appointment with Dr. Brian McDowell or Dr. Tracy L. Basso today.