Sherlock Holmes“Elementary my dear Watson” is a well-known quote from the famous sleuth, Sherlock Holmes -- a phrase used whenever he added up clues to solve a mystery. Clues like tingling, numbness, burning or freezing sensations, and stabbing pain all add up to a case of neuropathy, but the culprits behind this condition are many, and figuring out “who dunnit?” is crucial to treating the problem.  

Those who are overweight, have high blood pressure, and are over the age of 40 tend to be most at risk. Common causes of neuropathy range from alcohol abuse to vitamin deficiencies to inherited disorders. Exposure to toxins can cause the condition as well, and even certain medications, like those for treating cancer, can result in neuropathy. Sometimes the problem can stem from infection or a traumatic injury that has damaged nerves. Still other times, an autoimmune or other underlying disease is to blame – the most common of which is diabetes.

Diabetic neuropathy is especially dangerous as numbness in the feet means a wound can be incurred without notice, and poor blood flow also associated with diabetes, means necessary nutrients will struggle to reach that wound, inhibiting it from healing and opening the door for infection.  Without treatment, this situation can quickly snowball into a serious complication including gangrene and amputation.

Clearly, narrowing down the suspects and catching the correct culprit is essential to receiving the appropriate treatment you need. That’s why the first step in solving the mystery of your neuropathy symptoms is making an appointment with McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group. We can assess your feet and determine the cause of your neuropathy so you can manage the condition and live a full an active life without complications. Case Closed!

Call our Carmichael, CA office at (916) 961-3434 today for a better tomorrow.

 

Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.
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