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Skin Cream May Help Treat Neuropathy

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If you have diabetic nerve pain, you know it’s hard to treat neuropathy. Now, researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital are working on a cream to fight peripheral neuropathy, a form of nerve damage commonly faced by people with diabetes. But whether or not they’re successful, you have many different options to help you find pain relief.

That was the case for our patient Debra R., who recently told us about her experience in our office. She says, “Dr. Walsh was wonderful. She gave me a script for diabetic shoes so I immediately went to get them. Also, she suggested over-the-counter cream for neuropathy pain. And from last night’s results, this one will help a lot!”

We love to help our patients find relief with the available treatment options. But we also like to explore the latest ways to treat neuropathy. So we always follow the latest research, like the new neuropathy cream that’s being explored in Boston right now.

Neuropathy Pain Cream

What’s the idea behind the cream? Well, with diabetic neuropathy, high blood sugar levels can damage your nervse. So lead researcher Gabriel Corfas wants to help your body get back its ability to stimulate nerve growth. In turn, this could help treat neuropathy by regrowing healthy nerves.

How are they doing so far? Well, Corfas and his colleagues created a skin cream that acts as a small-molecule compound. When they gave it to mice, their nerve structures improved. Even better?  The affected regained sensitivity, including those with more advanced stages of the disease. The team now looks to see if the cream works for large-fiber neuropathy. But, for now, this treatment option is still in the developmental stages.

Additional Treatment Options

Traditionally, doctors have focused on managing neuropathy symptoms and helping control your diabetes to slow the progression of nerve damage. Options include:

  • Getting blood sugar under control
  • Prescribing medications
  • Increased foot care to prevent damage from wounds or ulcers due to loss of sensation in the feet

Yet, in our office, we are often able to treat neuropathy by getting to the root cause of your nerve problems.

Treat Neuropathy with Surgery

For now, we can offer neuropathy relief with a special surgery that’s known as peripheral nerve decompression. Ideal for neuropathy caused by nerve compression, our Spring and Tomball TX podiatrists are able to use this procedure to relieve the tingling, burning pain of diabetic neuropathy. And, for many patients, we’re able to restore sensation to your feet.

If you suspect you may be affected by a nerve disorder in your feet, you should seek out the care of podiatrist Dr. Brad Bachmann of Louetta Foot and Ankle Specialists, P.A. Dr. Bachmann can diagnose your injury or condition and provide you with appropriate treatment options.

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. Now, your hands may also be affected by these conditions as well, since they’re caused by stress and genetics.

And remember: if you suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, you’re more likely to experience serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Interdigital Neuroma pain is often caused by inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.

There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.

To learn more about Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome and EMG tests on Nerve Disorders of the foot and ankle please follow this link.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Spring, TX and Tomball, TX.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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