We treat many lower limb conditions at Sunshein Podiatry Associates, including some that cause nerve pain and other issues. If you are already experiencing pain, our medical specialists will carefully evaluate your situation and then create a unique treatment plan to address it. Even better, we have tips and information so you can take the right steps to keep your nerves healthy and reduce the risk of a problem developing in the first place.
The Nervous System and Nerve Issues
Whereas it is often referred to as a single system, the nervous system is actually comprised of two, equally-important parts: the central nervous and peripheral nervous systems. When we consider nerve pain in the foot and ankle, we are often looking at issues in the peripheral nervous system.
The central nervous system—formed by the brain and spinal column—is responsible for receiving and processing information, which enables us to experience sensations. The information the brain processes is collected and transmitted to the spinal column via peripheral nerves.
When the peripheral nerves are healthy, there is usually no issue. Problems begin when these nerves become damaged or receive abnormal pressure from an external source (like a tumor, for example). At this time, the usually-helpful nerves can become a source of pain or phantom symptoms like tingling or burning sensations. In some cases, patients report feeling as though they have a pebble in a sock or shoe, when none is actually present.
There are several conditions which can cause nerve pain and other symptoms. Neuropathy (nerve damage), neuromas (enlarged, thickened nerve tissues), and tarsal tunnel syndrome are some examples of conditions we sometimes need to treat for our patients.
Our Neurogenx Nerve Center of Centerville, OH is dedicated to treating your nerve problems and restoring your feet back to health. Neurogenx is a non narcotic - restorative program that has helped 4 out of 5 patients. If you have been diagnosed with neuropathy, call our office at 937-435-7477 for a complimentary consultation. Use the code word "My Cure" to receive the complimentary consulation and to determine if this is a treatment option for you.
Treatment will depend, naturally, on the condition responsible for the problem. With that said, some of the more common treatment options include:
- Medication. This approach is mainly used to treat existing pain. Pain relievers, topical treatments, anti-seizure medications, and even antidepressants can all be beneficial in certain cases.
- Shoe modifications. Switching from high-heeled, pointy-toed shoes to shoes featuring lower heels and plenty of room for toes to move can make a big difference.
- Rest and massage. When the source of pain is a neuroma, rest and a foot massage can provide relief.
- Orthotic devices. In some cases, keeping pressure off an affected nerve is quite helpful.
- Neurogenx Electronic Signal Treatment (EST). This is an advanced, state-of-the-art treatment that is proven to be effective in a vast majority of patients. EST therapy can restore damaged nerves back to health in the vast majority of the people instead of simply treating symptoms
- Laser Therapy. MLS Laser therapy can be an effective treatment in reducing pain and inflammation at the sites of neuromas and other nerve injuries.
- Surgery. Our goal is to use conservative care as often as possible, but sometimes nerve issues need to be addressed with surgical procedures.
Tips for Optimal Nerve Health
The best way to prevent issues from developing is to have strong, healthy nerves. There are several ways to do this, including:
- Exercise regularly. As always, make sure to check with us and your primary physician to assess your fitness levels and help you create a safe, effective workout program.
- Quit all tobacco usage. Smoking and other forms of tobacco use restrict blood vessels and can deprive your nervous system of essential nutrients.
- Manage diabetes, high blood pressure, and other medical conditions. Diabetes and neuropathy are closely linked, but keeping on top of the disease can lower the risk.
- Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated is essential for several reasons, and you can add “nerve health” to that list.
- Eat a balanced diet. Help your nerves by eating a diet centered on fresh veggies, fruits, and whole grains. The nutrients in these foods will protect the nervous system and enable it to function at full capacity.
Professional Nerve Treatment in Ohio
If nerve pain is taking away your ability to perform favorite activities and diminishing your quality of life, contact Sunshein Podiatry Associates. The medical specialists on our staff are experienced, skilled, and highly-knowledgeable, and we all want to help you find the pain relief you need. Give us a call at (937) 435-7477 to connect with our Centerville, OH office. Our staff will be glad to provide additional information or to help set up an appointment at a time that works best for you.