Particularly widespread among diabetics, peripheral neuropathy is a condition in which the nerves that transmit signals between the brain and parts of the body, such as the hands and the feet, are damaged. This damage can cause pain and a loss of sensation as well as occasional functional difficulty. An increasingly popular treatment for neuropathy is MicroVascular Therapy (MVT), a patented physical medicine modality that is also known as MicroVas.
Although diabetes is a major cause of neuropathy, the nerve damage characteristic of the condition can develop as a result of other metabolic or systemic disorders and diseases, such as dietary deficiencies, particularly a diet low in vitamin B12; chronic alcohol abuse; cancer; and uremia caused by kidney failure. Other causes include exposure to toxins; certain medications; extreme pressure on a nerve for a protracted time; reduced oxygen and blood flow; and such infections as lupus, Lyme disease, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.
While MVT does not address the root causes of neuropathy, such as diabetes, it does promote increased blood flow, and with it oxygen, that can help damaged nerves to heal and regain normal function.
- Burning, stabbing or shooting pains in feet.
- Feet are very sensitive to touch.
- Feel like you have socks on when you don’t.
- Feet hurt at night.
- Feet get very cold or very hot.
- Numbness or weakness
- Lack of pain in feet, even with blisters or injuries.
- Can’t feel feet when walking.
- The muscles in feet and legs are weak.
- Instability when standing or walking.
- Trouble feeling heat or cold in feet.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists who can help you diagnose the problem and then recommend an appropriate treatment.