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Your nervous system is an interconnected network that operates like a smartphone, the Internet, and Facebook all wrapped up in one. And when your nerves function as intended, this system is an amazing tool – one that enables you to do, well, basically everything you do.
Unfortunately, nerve damage (neuropathy) disrupts the communication and connectivity between your nerves.
When this happens, you may experience painful sensations. Burning, tingling, and electric feelings are common symptoms. Even worse, however, is when nerve communication shuts down completely and you cannot feel anything (numbness).
(Not feeling pain might sound like a good thing, but you’ll see this is 100% not the case.)
Peripheral neuropathy – sensory peripheral nerves play a key role in your sense of touch – is a very serious condition. If you have nerve pain or numbness in your feet, come see us as soon as possible for professional diagnosis and care.
How do you know if it’s neuropathy?
With neuropathy, affected nerves send faulty messages to the brain that give the sensation of burning, tingling, freezing, electric, or sharp, jabbing pain (when there is no rational reason to do so).
In some cases, however, the problem isn’t that your brain receives the wrong messages – it’s that there aren’t any messages at all. (Sometimes, feeling comes and goes – like spotty wi-fi – after extensive damage has taken place.)
And that is extremely concerning.
Numbness caused by neuropathy means your brain doesn’t always receive the message when your foot has been damaged. Now imagine walking on a burst blister or broken bone all day … without even being aware of it!
In this kind of situation, cuts and scrapes can turn into ugly, infected (and potentially life-threatening) ulcers if you aren’t careful.
This shows how the “gift of pain” protects you, and why it’s so dangerous when that gift is lost.
If you experience painful, unusual sensations in your feet or can no longer feel anything down there, contact us today. Early intervention may help you avoid permanent damage—and possibly save your life.