Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy Can Last For Years Following Cancer Treatments

Posted by on Monday, January 8th, 2018

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.

Chemotherapy can lead to peripheral neuropathy, but there are some treatments that can improve the situation.
Chemotherapy can lead to peripheral neuropathy, but there are some treatments that can improve the situation. Image Source: Wikimedia user Peter Isotalo.

Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment: Treating Neuropathy With TENS

Posted by on 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.