Nerve pain in your feet and lower legs can be very frustrating—and potentially very dangerous, too. The primary symptoms (tingling, burning, shocking, stabbing, numbness, muscle weakness) are bad enough. But the even bigger threat is complications from a wound or injury. If you can’t feel your legs or trust your nerves, how will you know when you’ve been injured? If you don’t catch a serious infection in time, it could mean extensive follow-up wound care, or even amputation.
Fortunately, thanks to some significant developments in medical technology over the last several years, treatment for nerve pain in the lower legs has significantly improved. In fact, in some cases we’re seeing nerve damage not just soothed or prevented from getting worse, but actually reversing!
However, while medical treatments are the cornerstone, home treatments and lifestyle factors remain an important part of overall treatment. Taking care of your body while you’re away from the office will help you achieve higher results faster. Home strategies include:
- Carefully managing your blood sugar if you have diabetes or prediabetes.
- If you smoke, quit. If you don’t smoke, don’t start.
- A glass of wine with dinner is fine, but don’t over-indulge on the alcohol.
- Get plenty of exercise.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Use over-the-counter oral painkillers such as ibuprofen.
- Try an over-the-counter topical cream, such as capsaicin, which can help ease symptoms for some people.
- Give yourself a nice foot massage once in a while! It’s a good way to keep blood flowing.
While you work on building healthy lifestyle habits, we’ll provide the medical treatment. We are pleased to offer combined electrochemical therapy (CECT), a state-of-the-art procedure that uses electronic waves to stimulate natural healing and symptom relief. It is the most effective tool we have for nerve damage, and in some cases may be able to restore nerve function previously thought to be permanently lost.
To schedule an appointment to see how we can help you with your nerve pain, please give us a call today at (702) 839-2010.