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Dr. Kennan T. Runte, DPM, FACFAS

(530) 477-7200

152 Catherine Lane, Suite F
Grass Valley, CA 95945

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Untangling the Underlying Causes of Neuropathy

Tuesday, 22 August 2023 00:00

Neuropathy, a complex, and often perplexing condition can cast a shadow over the quality of one’s life. This ailment stems from damage to the peripheral nerves, which can result in a range of uncomfortable sensations, including numbness, tingling, and pain. Symptoms are often noticed in the feet, possibly causing difficulty in walking. Various underlying factors contribute to neuropathy's onset. Diabetes, a common cause, can expose nerves to prolonged high blood sugar levels, triggering damage. Chronic alcohol abuse can lead to nutritional deficiencies, impacting nerve health. Autoimmune diseases, infections such as Lyme disease, and certain medications can also contribute to developing neuropathy.  Additionally, genetics play a role in predisposition to neuropathy. Understanding these triggers is essential for effective management and treatment. By addressing the root causes, individuals can take strides toward alleviating symptoms and improving their overall well-being. If your feet begin to tingle or become numb, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and offer you the correct treatment techniques for neuropathy.


Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foothill Podiatry Clinic. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.


To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Grass Valley, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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