Foot Neuropathy: What Is It?

  • May 14, 2013
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Foot Neuropathy: What Is It?

Foot neuropathy can be defined as damaged nerves in your feet as a result of neuropathy.

If you know anyone who has it, or if you have it yourself, you know how terrible this diagnosis is.

It is difficult to do everyday tasks that used to never be a problem such as grocery shopping, cleaning, and cooking. Don’t even get me started on working!

Just the other day, I had a conversation with a follower who asked me about the basics of foot neuropathy. Instead of sending her an individual message with everything we know, I decided to just write about it for our entire community.

I hope this helps!

 

What Is Foot Neuropathy and How Do You Get It?

Close up of an adult foot just before stepping on multiple tacks that signifies the pain of foot neuropathy in a neuropathy person

“Foot neuropathy” is the term coined by the peripheral neuropathy community that describes peripheral neuropathy (damage to the peripheral nerves that are located in the feet and hands) pain specifically in the feet of an individual.

Those suffering from foot neuropathy often describe the symptoms as:

  • needle-like sensations
  • numbness
  • tingling
  • raw sensations

There are a number of ways someone can be diagnosed with foot neuropathy, though the most common are:

  1. diabetes
  2. chronically elevated blood sugar
  3. chemotherapy
  4. physical nerve damage
  5. hormonal imbalances
  6. autoimmune disorders
  7. poisons
  8. bone marrow disorders
  9. tumors
  10. AIDS/HIV
  11. low/excessive levels of vitamin B1, B6, B12
  12. hepatitis C
  13. excessive alcohol consumption
  14. body damaging diseases

What is the most common cause of foot neuropathy in your opinion? Let me know in the comment section below!

Read More: 10 Things You Need To Know About Peripheral Neuropathy

Read More: Different Types of Neuropathy

 

How Foot Neuropathy Affects You

A mature woman uses the railing and a three-legged cane to support herself while climbing the stairs due to neuropathy numbness in her feet from foot neuropathy

“Man, I’ll tell you, it’s a hell of a thing. I had so much pain in my feet I just couldn’t take it. Standing hurt, walking hurt, and too much pressure on them when I was sitting hurt. That’s when I found you guys.” — A Facebook follower

 

Talk about some serious pain.

I once heard a medical specialist refer it as “the equivalent of smashing your toes in the car door one minute and pushing a pin needle through your foot the next”.

Not only is neuropathic pain excruciating, but it severely limits what you can do as well.

For example:

  • taking the stairs, the scenic path, or the long way around hurts
  • wearing socks hurts
  • the sheets and blankets hurt your feet
  • the temperature either eases or exacerbates your pain
  • you may have to buy more comfortable shoes

It may also affect your professional life in terms of writing, driving, and other ways.

 

Are you reading this and thinking, “Wow, maybe I don’t have neuropathy”?

Maybe your symptoms are not as extreme or severe as this and you feel like you may be suffering from something else entirely. Click the link below to read more:

7 Reasons Why You Feel Tingling in Your Hands or Feet

 

 

Taking Care of Your Feet After Diagnosis

A healthcare professional dresses the wound of a diabetic patient with peripheral neuropathy or foot neuropathy

Managing your symptoms sounds relatively easy from an outsiders perspective, but you and I both know that things aren’t so simple.

There’s the pain, the numbness, and the tingling sensations that make simple tasks more daunting than ever before.

There are several ways you can try to maintain your foot health after diagnosis:

  • manage the root cause or underlying condition
  • eat a well-balanced diet (read more: Top 5 Stories of Neuropathy Recovery From Food Alone)
  • exercise regularly
  • avoid nerve-damaging factors (smoking, drinking, cramped positions)
  • avoiding high-fat, highly processed, sugar-laden consumables (burgers, fries, soda)
  • checking your feet daily for bumps, cuts, blisters, and abnormalities
  • trimming toenails
  • moisturizing (but not over-moisturizing) your feet

Try incorporating the above ideas into your daily habits to keep your feet in the best possible shape.

Interested in some additional tips? Click the link below:

Top 5 Foot Care Tips for Neuropathy Sufferers

 

The Bottom Line

A group of young healthcare professionals speak to a mature foot neuropathy female patient about foot care tips

Foot neuropathy is just peripheral neuropathy that affects the nerves specifically in the feet and hands.

The resulting pain is excruciating and debilitating. It makes completing daily tasks far more difficult and tedious to complete.

Additionally, this type of peripheral neuropathy often affects the hands. Combined, this creates a plethora of issues to include safety (balance and grip).

It isn’t all bad news though! There are a couple of things you can do at home to prevent things from getting worse (listed above).

Final takeaways:

  • foot neuropathy is extremely painful
  • it affects you in more ways than one
  • you can do your part at home by managing your foot care
  • always consult a doctor before trying anything new

 

Are you interested in managing your other neuropathy symptoms?

Here, I break down the basics of treating the most common symptoms. Read more by clicking the link below:

Neuropathy 101: Symptom Care

 

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