Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is a common issue in the legs and feet, affecting an estimated 20 million Americans. The peripheral nerves are responsible for sending sensory information from our hands and feet back to the brain and spinal cord. We can feel the ground beneath our feet or the coldness of the temperature, thanks to these essential signal carriers. The brain and the spinal cord send information back down the peripheral nerve to let the muscles know it’s time to move. Damage to this system disturbs vital connections needed to maintain physical comfort and homeostasis. While there is no cure for neuropathy, an NYC podiatrist at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine can use peripheral neuropathy treatment to help you manage your symptoms and live more comfortably, despite damage to the nerves.
It’s no secret that a cancer diagnosis correlates with decreased quality of life in many areas. Of particular interest to us here at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine is the emphasis US researchers are placing on the way cancer treatments may affect the feet years later. Up to 40 percent of cancer patients who receive chemotherapy endure pain that disrupts sleep and everyday activities like walking. Common complaints after chemo include shooting or burning pain in the feet, numbness, tingling, and extreme sensitivity to cold. The problem is that rather than fading after recovery, these feelings can become permanent.
If you are dealing with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy or chronic foot pain along with breast cancer, you may wonder what can be done or if you must simply accept “the new normal.” We don’t have all the answers, but we’re keeping up with the latest research, so you can make the most informed decisions regarding your care.
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Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
Neuropathy (nerve damage) is traditionally a difficult condition to treat. However, some patients report success with Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, which can be performed at our NYC Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine.
A TENS device works by delivering mild electric impulses to the nerves. This increased activity may block pain signals from reaching the brain and agitate the nerves’ natural endorphin release. While there aren’t many high-quality studies touting TENS therapy as an effective treatment for neuropathy pain, many of our patients do find relief from this FDA-approved medical device.
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– J. M., Manhattan, NY
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