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Robert G. Parker, DPM, FACFAS, FASPS, PA
14441 Memorial Drive, Suite 16, Houston, TX 77079

Conditions and Symptoms

Neuropathy” is a term used to describe nerve damage. Nerve damage that occurs in the body will cause the familiar burning, tingling sensation that you may have experienced. Another unfortunate consequence of this condition is loss of sensation. There are several factors and conditions that may lead to this type of damage. The three most common types of neuropathy are diabetic, peripheral, and idiopathic. In order to design the best treatment plan for you, Dr. Parker will first need to determine which type of nerve damage you have experienced.

Diabetic Neuropathy

This is a serious complication of diabetes that can lead to loss of sensation in the feet, causing further complications like infections and diabetic wounds that are slow-healing.  About 60% to 70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage. Even more serious is that more than 60% of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations occur in people with this disease. The mortality rate in a person with diabetes post-amputation is 5 years.

Peripheral Neuropathy

This type of nerve damage affects the extremities (arms and legs) and is typically caused by some sort of injury or trauma, including back or lower extremity trauma, injury, or surgery.

Idiopathic Neuropathy

This condition gives all of the same signs and symptoms of diabetic and peripheral neuropathy, but is labeled as idiopathic neuropathy when no apparent cause of the damage can be found.

Who is affected by Neuropathy?

It can affect anyone, however the “typical” patient is:

  • 50 years old and up
  • Diabetic, or a developing Diabetic (Metabolic Syndrome)
  • Some groups have a greater risk including African American and Hispanic patients
  • Men and women

How do I know if I have this condition?

Some of the symptoms of neuropathy include:

  • Burning, tingling, and/or numbness in the foot (may be entire foot or specific areas). This is the most common symptom.
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Leg cramps
  • Pain that may be worsened (or improved) by cold or heat
  • Symptoms are often worse when resting, and they may interfere with a patient’s ability to fall or stay asleep

If you believe that you have signs of neuropathy, make an appointment with Dr. Robert Parker immediately! Dr. Parker’s experience and special skill set make him the best option in the fight against burning and tingling in the legs. Specialized and combined treatment plans are your key to relief. It is important to prevent further pain from neuropathy by catching it early. Make an appointment or have your questions answered by calling our Houston office at (281) 497-2850 or request one online. Our friendly and expert staff is ready to help get you started on the way to pain free legs and feet.