What's Behind the Burning, Tingling, and Numbness in Your Feet?

Memorial Day marks the kick off of summer, and what better way to celebrate than Dancing in the Street! Check out this free Motown concert at the Miller Outdoor Theatre, 8:15 every night during Memorial weekend. Of course, if your feet are burning, tingling, and numb, dancing is probably the last thing you feel like doing.

Don’t just shrug off these strange sensations or chalk it up to sitting on your foot funny when you were watching a movie. Burning, tingling, and numbness in feet are signs of neuropathy, and this nerve damage can be tied to a variety of underlying causes. Determining what’s behind your symptoms is the first step in getting rid of them so you can do a happy dance and enjoy the other summer activities you love!

The main causes of neuropathy include:

Diabetes. Out of control glucose levels associated with diabetes can cause nerve damage in your feet.

Diseases and disorders. Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other autoimmune diseases, as well as inherited disorders, and conditions such as hypothyroidism and liver disease can all be contributors to symptoms of neuropathy.

Vitamin deficiencies. Vitamins B & E especially are vital for nerve health.

Alcoholism. Because alcoholism often leads to poor dietary choices, this can in turn lead to a vitamin deficiency.

Exposure to toxins. Certain chemicals can have a negative effect on your nerves.

Pressure on nerves. Whether from trauma, an abnormal growth, or squeezing into narrow shoes, too much pressure on a nerve can result in damage.

Medications and infections. Certain medications, like those used in chemotherapy, as well as some bacterial and viral infections can cause burning, tingling, and numbness in the feet.

The sooner you can pinpoint an underlying cause of neuropathy, the sooner you can stop the progression of nerve damage in the feet, and the symptoms that come with it! So, if you are experiencing burning, tingling, and numbness in your feet, don’t delay. Come see us so we can determine what’s behind it and get you on the right path to recovery. Make an appointment by dialing (713) 493-7372, and we’ll have you dancing in the street in no time!

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