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The Underlying Causes of Neuropathy Affecting the Feet

Neuropathy, a condition characterized by nerve damage, can significantly impact the feet, leading to various symptoms that range from tingling sensations to sharp pain. Diabetes stands as a primary contributor to neuropathy, with prolonged elevated blood sugar levels damaging nerves over time. Other systemic conditions such as autoimmune disorders, kidney diseases, and vitamin deficiencies can also instigate neuropathic symptoms in the feet. Moreover, exposure to toxins, certain medications, or infections may provoke neuropathy, affecting the peripheral nerves responsible for transmitting signals between the feet and the central nervous system. Trauma or injury to the nerves, often arising from accidents or surgeries, can induce neuropathic symptoms. Understanding the diverse causes of neuropathy is paramount for an accurate diagnosis and targeted intervention. If you have tingling or numbing sensations in your feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat neuropathy.


Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with the foot specialists from Podiatry Associates of Belleville. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.


To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Belleville, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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