Peripheral neuropathy affects about 20 million people in the United States, causing persistent tingling, weakness, and pain in the legs and feet. To help you find relief from neuropathy symptoms, experienced podiatrist Richard Luke Jones, DPM, offers diagnostic testing and treatment services at The Foot Clinic in Tooele, and West Valley City, Utah. Dr. Jones uses noninvasive and surgical treatments to help you find long-lasting relief of neuropathy pain. He also provides foot care services designed for diabetics to protect long-term foot health. Call the office today to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for neuropathy or book an appointment online.
Neuropathy is nerve damage in your peripheral nerves, the nerves that supply all areas of your body (outside of your spinal cord and brain) with sensations.
When your nerves aren’t working properly, you may experience weakness, numbness, and pain in your legs and feet. Severe neuropathy can also affect your blood circulation and urinary and bowel function.
Neuropathy is often a side effect of diabetes, an autoimmune disease that affects your body’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels. In addition to diabetes, you may be at risk for neuropathy because of:
Excessive alcohol use and certain medications can also cause damage to your peripheral nervous system.
You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation for neuropathy at The Foot Clinic if you have symptoms like:
Dr. Jones provides comprehensive physical exams and may order blood work or diagnostic imaging tests to identify peripheral nerve damage.
You should also schedule a consultation with Dr. Jones for diabetic foot care if you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. In addition to neuropathy testing, you may also need additional diagnostic tests to evaluate your blood sugar levels if you’re diabetic.
Your treatment plan for neuropathy may initially involve over-the-counter or prescription-strength pain relievers to keep you comfortable. You should continue taking insulin or other medications to keep your blood sugar levels under control.
Dr. Jones may also refer you for physical therapy to improve your blood circulation, flexibility, and muscle strength.
If you’re not finding relief with nonsurgical treatments, Dr. Jones may recommend surgery. Using minimally invasive techniques, he can remove excess tissue or tumors that press on your peripheral nerves, so you can find long-lasting relief from leg tingling, numbness, and pain that limits your mobility.
Through available diabetic foot care services, Dr. Jones can ensure you know how to care for your feet properly to prevent ingrown toenails and open sores that increase your risk for infections and other complications.
To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for neuropathy symptoms, call The Foot Clinic today or book an appointment online.