Other than diabetes, what can cause neuropathy?

Diabetes is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy—up to 70% of people with the disease will develop some amount of nerve damage according to some studies—but it’s far from the only one. Other possible contributors include:

·         Trauma (acute or overuse injuries from sports, car accidents, repetitive motions, etc.)

·         Alcohol abuse

·         Certain medications

 Symptoms of Neuropathy in Feet

·         Bacterial or viral infections

·         Vitamin deficiencies (particularly Vitamin B variants, Vitamin E, and niacin)

·         Autoimmune diseases

·         Inherited disorders

·         Kidney disease

·         Liver disease

·         Exposure to toxins or poisons

If you notice the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy in your feet—usually a tingling, burning, prickling, numbing, or similar sensation—don’t wait for the problem to get much worse before seeking help. A careful diagnosis and prompt treatment from Dr. Keith McSpadden and the team at North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute at the earliest possible stage can help you limit the extent of the damage, alleviate any painful issues, and restore as much nerve function as possible. Request an appointment online, or give us a call today at (512) 593-2949.


Why are my feet tingling?

Feet can tingle for a wide variety of reasons. It may simply be a temporary result of pinching or compression on a nerve due simply to sitting cross-legged for a while, or sleeping in an awkward position. In such cases, correcting your posture brings swift relief.

However, more chronic or episodic tingling may be the result of damage to the nerves, known as peripheral neuropathy. Some possible causes include:

·         Long-term elevation in sugar levels, such as from diabetes

·         Traumatic injuries

·         Injuries from repetitive stress or overuse

·         Kidney disorders

·         Auto-immune diseases

·         Poor diet

·         Bacterial or viral infections

·         Exposure to toxins

·         Side effects from certain medications

·         Smoking

·         Alcohol abuse

Sometimes no concrete cause can be identified—these cases are called idiopathic.

Peripheral neuropathy is a progressive condition that may or may not improve with time, so it’s extremely important you seek treatment as soon as possible. A correct diagnosis will help give you the best possible chance to halt the nerve damage, relieve symptoms, and restore function to the greatest extent possible. To set an appointment with Dr. McSpadden, please call (512) 593-2949 today.