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
  • 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.