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?
“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
- raw sensations
There are a number of ways someone can be diagnosed with foot neuropathy, though the most common are:
- chronically elevated blood sugar
- physical nerve damage
- hormonal imbalances
- autoimmune disorders
- bone marrow disorders
- low/excessive levels of vitamin B1, B6, B12
- hepatitis C
- excessive alcohol consumption
- 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: Different Types of Neuropathy
How Foot Neuropathy Affects You
“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.
- 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:
Taking Care of Your Feet After Diagnosis
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:
The Bottom Line
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).
- 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:
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