What Causes Neuropathy?
Neuropathy or loss of feeling (but also burning, pins and needles) is seen with a number of different underlying medical conditions. It can also exist without the cause being known which is then called ‘idiopathic’ neuropathy. Idiopathic neuropathy conditions appears to be becoming more and more prevalent. This condition can affect the autonomic nerves, motor nerves and sensory nerves. Sensory nerve loss is typically the main complaint.
Neuropathy in Diabetics
Most cases of neuropathy are found in people who have diabetes. About half of those who suffer with diabetes have neuropathy but are undiagnosed as they are without symptoms (that they know of). Testing for neuropathy should be a routine part of diabetic foot exams. Treatment consists of addressing the underlying cause as well as various medications. There are also some supplements that can help the nerves regenerate. This allows some feeling and color to return.
We carry Bako products. These products were developed and are made by a professional pathology lab. One of our most popular products from Bako is NeuRx. The NeuRx supplement increases blood flow to the nerve endings. This is most beneficial as it increases nerve regeneration rather than just interfering with nerve reception as other medications do. The other medications can ultimately affect the brain (part of the central nervous system) and is one reason there are many side effects with the other medications.
Shoes and Orthotics
It is important to have an ideal fit shoe when living with nephropathy. If the shoe is too big or too small, it can cause irritation that may go unnoticed due to the lack of feeling. Also, when shopping for new shoes, feel the inside of the shoe. The inside should be smooth without rough seams because without feeling, the seam on the inside can rub the foot. If unnoticed, this can cause irritation and rubbing resulting in an ulcer (wound).
At ArchMasters, many patients tell us that their neuropathy condition improved with the use of our custom molded functional orthotics. This is because improved foot function will better distribute pressure under the feet. Orthotics also improve blood flow to the nerves, as well as reduces abnormal shearing forces on the feet.