Tingling in your Toes

You may brush it off because it only happens sometimes. Maybe the tips of your fingers tingle sometimes as do your toes. A little annoying perhaps, but nothing that stops your daily activities. Nothing to worry about, you may be thinking. Think again!

This is a sign of neuropathy, or your nerves inability to perform their job properly. Often a late complication of uncontrolled diabetes, your feet and hands, fingers and toes are the first parts affected. These sensations can eventually lead to complete loss of sensation and many associated problems. It is at the early stages that the reasons should be investigated.

Hopefully, you go to your family doctor for your yearly check up. These regular visits can help to identify problems like this early. Detecting diabetes early allows for proper intervention and lifestyle modification, things that will help maintain your health while living with this condition. If you do have diabetes, it is important to have a CDFE (comprehensive diabetic foot exam) every year with your podiatrist. This check-up involves a variety of tests to assess your sensation and assure that you are not affected by neuropathy. One of these tests, the ENFD (endothelial nerve fiber density) exam allows for early assessment of neurologic deficits. These early tests can help prevent the tingling before it starts.

With the help of your podiatric physician, you should be able to slow or stop the progression and complications associated with neuropathy. One treatment that may be suggested after your visit to AFAS is Neuremedy. This supplement has been used for many years to assure your nerves are receiving the proper care and nutrition. The sooner you seek medical care, the better the options for treatment.

Tingling toes should not be your first symptom, but if it is a regular occurrence don't delay in making your appointment at AFAS. Keep those feet happy and healthy Austin!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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