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Common Symptoms of Neuropathy in the Feet

Neuropathy, a condition characterized by damage to the nerves, frequently manifests with distinct symptoms in the feet. Sensory disturbances are common, with individuals experiencing tingling or a sensation akin to pins and needles. Numbness is another hallmark symptom, contributing to a reduced ability to perceive temperature and touch. Many individuals with neuropathy report a burning or stabbing pain in their feet that often disrupts daily activities. Muscle weakness may accompany these sensations, leading to difficulties in maintaining balance and coordination. The symptoms of neuropathy can be progressive, and as the condition advances, individuals may face challenges with mobility and foot function. Early recognition of these common symptoms is important for timely diagnosis and intervention. If you have neuropathy that is affecting your feet, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can guide you toward relief and management techniques.


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 Thomas Vail, DPM from Step Alive Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor 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 Findlay, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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