Neuropathy Specialist

Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics

Podiatry located in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, and Chicago, IL

About 30% of patients with diabetes feel intermittent burning or numbness in their legs and feet with a condition called neuropathy. At Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, and the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, podiatrists Khalid Husain, DPM, Gene Choi, DPM, Jennifer Kirchens, DPM, and Christina Sarantopoulos, DPM, use noninvasive techniques and a variety of medications to help manage the symptoms of neuropathy and improve mobility. To explore neuropathy treatments with a podiatrist, call your nearest Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics location or book an appointment online today.

Neuropathy Q & A

What does neuropathy feel like?

Neuropathy is a condition that affects your nerves and the way they feel, even when you’re not touching anything or moving your muscles. It’s the result of nerve damage and affects people of all ages. If you have peripheral neuropathy, the symptoms may include:

  • Tingling 
  • Numbness in your hands and feet
  • Pain
  • Burning sensations
  • A lack of coordination
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle cramps

If your neuropathy affects your autonomic nervous system, your symptoms might include:

  • Trouble swallowing
  • Sweating
  • Bladder problems
  • Intestinal problems
  • A high resting heart rate

The symptoms usually develop slowly over time. Once you notice symptoms regularly, the damage may already be severe. While neuropathy has no cure, there are many available treatments and medications that can help you manage your symptoms. 

What causes neuropathy?

Neuropathy comes from a number of different conditions and sources, and one of the most common is diabetes. The team at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics specializes in treating neuropathy in diabetic patients.

If you have diabetes, the high amounts of sugar in your blood can damage the nerves in your body over time. Often, the nerve damage is concentrated in your legs and feet. Your neuropathy may be particularly severe if you’re a smoker or if you drink a lot of alcohol. If you don’t manage your diabetes and keep your blood sugar under control, your neuropathy can worsen.

How is neuropathy treated?

The team at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics can help treat your neuropathy and prevent it from getting worse with advanced treatment techniques. Managing your diabetes effectively can help stop your neuropathy from getting worse. For your neuropathy treatment, they may recommend:

Lumen technique

The lumen technique uses a bright light to reduce the symptoms of your neuropathy and improve movement. It’s noninvasive, pain-free, and improves circulation without drugs. 

Medications

Some medications, like antidepressants and anti-seizure drugs, may help relieve the symptoms of neuropathy. The team tells you exactly how to use your medication and how it helps treat your condition.

To explore noninvasive treatments and medications for symptoms of diabetic neuropathy, call or click online to book an appointment at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics today.