Chronic lower extremity pain is commonly encountered by people suffering with peripheral neuropathy. The specialists at US Neuropathy Centers are at the forefront of diagnosing and treating peripheral neuropathy, with lower extremity pain in the foot, ankle, and lower leg as a focus. In Greek and Roman times, chronic pain was generally treated with poppy-based narcotic formulations, sedative analgesics derived from plants, and electric eels for chronic neuropathic pain and headaches. Treatment has come a long way since then, and US Neuropathy Centers utilizes the most advanced and most effective treatment methods.
Treatment for peripheral neuropathy doesn’t end with one answer. We evaluate all avenues of treatment including physical therapy and nerve decompression, and find a unique plan that goes beyond simple pain management procedures. Orthotic therapies are especially beneficial to people with diabetic neuropathy that often have complications and injuries in their lower limbs. Lifestyle changes and even dietary alterations can be made to reduce pain and improve treatment.
If you suffer from diabetic neuropathy, a great way to assimilate treatment into your everyday life is to use custom made orthotics or special shoes. Usually made from supportive materials such as plastic polymer or carbon fiber, these help with shock absorption and can prevent foot pronation. Functional orthotics, one of two categories of orthotics, are utilized to correct various foot deformities while simultaneously providing foot support.
Accommodative orthotics, the second category, include braces, splints, casts, gait plates, and night bars. These kinds of orthotics are used, generally, to relieve foot pain and assist in correcting foot problems. Shoes can be modified to reduce pressure on sensitive areas of the foot by redistributing weight to areas of the foot that don’t have pain. Heel changes can incorporate modifications such as a cushioned heel, heel wedges, heel flares, an extended heel, and heel elevation.
Talk to your physician at US Neuropathy Centers about custom orthotics and shoe changes you can make to help improve your treatment and reduce your pain. With six locations across the United States and growing, US Neuropathy Centers is entirely dedicated to providing comprehensive options through numerous multi-disciplinary care models that are unique to each patient.
If you are suffering from neuropathy, please do not hesitate to call us at US Neuropathy Centers.
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@US Neuropathy Centers, 2018