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Neuropathy is a condition that simply means "nerve pain". A common form is referred to as Peripheral Neuropathy, a disorder that is separate from the spinal cord and the brain, but causes extreme discomfort. Peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage in the arms and legs. 

What You Notice

Peripheral Neuropathy produces muscle weakness and loss of reflexes, especially at the ankle, leading to changes in walking. Foot deformities may develop such as hammertoes and the arch may collapse. Blisters and sores may start to appear on numb foot areas due to unnoticed pressure or injury. These injuries can become infected, spreading to the bone, resulting in amputation. It is estimated that half of amputations are preventable if issues are found and treated.

What It Feels Like

  • Numbness, loss of sensitivity
  • Tingling and an prickling or burning sensation
  • Sharp pains and cramps
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Sensitivity to touch, even light touching
  • Shaking and lightheadedness
  • High heart rate
  • Severe pain in pelvis, eyes, chest, shins, abdomen
  • Bell's Palsy on one side of the face

If you think you suffer from peripheral neuropathy, call Summit Medical Care Center today to schedule an appointment with one of our medical practitioners.