Peripheral neuropathy, which is defined as damage to either a single nerve or a group of nerves, can leave those afflicted by it feeling helpless. For many, the pain or numbness affects the feet – which can make everyday tasks painful and hard to perform. If left unchecked, nerve damage can worsen over time and lead to more pronounced pain or numbness. Additionally, without proper care and precaution on the part of the sufferer, it can lead to more serious injuries and damage to the feet (or other affected areas).
The first step to caring for your nerves is to recognize your symptoms. The most common symptoms of neuropathy are pain, tingling, burning or numbness in the hands or feet. However, neuropathy can affect any nerve in the body – so the symptoms may not be limited to the hands or feet. Other possible symptoms can include weakness, excessive sweating, digestive problems and more.