Patients with neuropathy often suffer from burning, tingling and aching in their feet and legs. This disease is becoming very prevalent due to the increasing numbers of diabetics, obesity and malnutrition. Patients often become very discouraged with this disease and begin to wonder if there is any hope of recovery.
For the past three decades at the Scottsdale Neuropathy Institute, we have been developing and utilizing new methods of treating patients that suffer from painful neurological conditions of the lower extremities.
Neurological problems are some of the most challenging medical problems encountered by physicians and patients alike, with the diagnosis and treatment plans rarely being straightforward. This is why we are currently performing multiple studies on neuropathy, diabetes and neuromas with their related diagnosis and treatment possibilities.
Our search for the answers to the difficult questions surrounding this disease began after being introduced to one of the world's foremost experts in peripheral nerve surgery, Dr. A. Lee Dellon, M.D. Dr. Dellon, from Johns Hopkins University, is a pioneer in the field of neuropathy and peripheral nerve surgery. He has developed surgical procedures that can alleviate neuropathic pain, numbness and muscular disorders in both diabetics and non-diabetics.
Although surgery has made a large impact, conservative treatment is very effective and is usually attempted first. New dietary supplements and infrared light therapy are being used to increase the oxygen supply to the diseased nerves and help "wake them up". Patients are regaining sensation in their legs and feet after being completely numb and very prone to forming open wounds and infections.
Peripheral neuropathy involves damage to the peripheral nervous system, and there are multiple different types. Diabetic neuropathy is one of those types, and similar to other causes of peripheral neuropathy may lead to severe burning pain along with pins and needles in the feet and legs.