Peripheral neuropathy is damage of the peripheral nerves – nerves in your toes and fingertips. When these nerves are damaged, they don’t function properly and individuals have a decreased sensation in their toes. Any abnormal sensations or burning, tingling, or shooting pain in the toes should be reported to a physician. Since there is no cure for peripheral neuropathy, controlling blood sugar levels is the best way to try to prevent the disease. In the U.S., the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes will develop neuropathy within their lifetime. Diabetics with peripheral neuropathy are encouraged to inspect their feet regularly and to seek appropriate medical attention at least once per year at Podiatry Associates of Florida to maintain happy, healthy feet.


Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

  • Certain medications
  • Middle age
  • Arthritis
  • Alcoholism
  • Acute Injury
  • Neurological disorders
  • Family history
  • Diabetes
  • Infections
  • Bone marrow
  • Tumors
  • Infections
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Pressure on the nerve
  • Poisons