What does neuropathy feel like?

What neuropathy feels like can vary from person to person and according to the type you have. As podiatrists, we most often deal with peripheral neuropathy that affects the feet, and which has many possible causes (diabetes, compression of a nerve, alcoholism, toxins, vitamin deficiencies).

The most common neuropathy symptoms we see are these:

  • Tingling – A pins-and-needles type of feeling
  • Numbness – The toes or foot feel thick, like they aren’t part of you
  • Loss of Sensation – You can’t feel if surfaces are hot or cold, or if something is hurting your feet
  • Pain – Alternately referred to as sharp, shooting, intense, like someone stuck you with a needle
  • Muscle Weakness – Like you don’t have the strength to move your foot or toes
  • Lack of Reflexes – You can’t respond quickly to stimuli, lose your balance, become uncoordinated

If you are experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, call Ankle and Foot Specialist of New Jersey. We can administer nerve tests and check for elevated blood glucose levels or thyroid problems that could be causing neuropathy. You can reach our office at (908) 222-8980 or request an appointment online. We are conveniently located between South Plainfield and Edison, NJ. We have a second office located in Warren, NJ, which can be reached at (732) 356-3668.

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