Peripheral neuropathy

Is your foot tingling? Is there sharp pain? Numbness or weakness? Or maybe it feels like you have “pins and needles” in your feet?

If any of these are symptoms you are experiencing, there’s a good chance that you could be afflicted with peripheral neuropathy.

Neuropathy is damage or dysfunction of one or more nerves that typically results in numbness, tingling, muscle weakness and pain in the affected area and generally indicates a problem within the peripheral nervous system.

It’s a common problem that will impact nearly 30 percent of the U.S. population. The condition affects people of all ages though older people are more prevalent to risk.

Some of the more common risk factors for neuropathy include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, Lyme disease, diabetes and heavy alcohol use.

Once neuropathy is detected, the focus should be on keeping the feet healthy and managing pain.

Paul Betschart, DPM, has decades of experience treating neuropathy, and his treatment plan includes the revolutionary Neurogenx Electrical Signal Therapy.

“It’s a unique treatment that no one else in the area is doing,” he says. “It’s a type of electrical stimulation machine and we’ve been seeing really good results in how it restores sensation and function to people who have neuropathy.”

The EST technology, he explains, produces and delivers electronic biologically effective signals that are used to heal the nerves that carry the pain signals and the muscles and other tissues which are often the source of the pain signals.

“It works really well and a majority of people have some type of improvement and a few have complete resolution of their symptoms that’s lasting,” Dr. Betschart says. “The treatment lasts about 30 minutes a session, with the usual protocol 16 sessions—twice a week for eight weeks and then they come in for maintenance to maintain the improvement they got.”

Vitamins may be prescribed to replenish the nerves, and occasionally, patients are given therapeutic injections.