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John asked...

Peripheral neuropathy in my feet.

5 1/2 years ago I was, after tests, diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy in my feet and over the years it has slowly spread up my legs.

There is no follow up on this problem but I now find that, when out walking and wearing shoes, my right foot hurts when placed on the ground. It is not a severe pain but hurts a little. Where can one get advice on this as my GP is not very helpful?

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The answer

Treatment for peripheral neuropathy depends on the underlying cause and the type of symptoms you are experiencing. For example, if you have diabetes, controlling your blood sugar better, stopping smoking and cutting down on alcohol may help.

If you are taking a medication known to cause peripheral neuropathy, temporarily stopping or reducing your dose to see whether your symptoms will improve may help. As your symptoms appear to be getting worse I would suggest that you do speak to your GP as you may need a referral to a specialist depending on the cause of your neuropathy.

You may benefit from seeing a physiotherapist to strengthen your leg muscles and posture; they may also be able to suggest appropriate innersoles for your shoes to help cushion the soles of your feet.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.


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