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How does neuropathy and nerve compression relate?

Patients come to see us for treatment when nerve issues affect their lower limbs. Our doctors are specifically trained and experienced to provide relief from the symptoms these issues cause, but we can also explain the relationship between neuropathy and nerve compression so patients better understand the problem.

Neuropathy is essentially a general term used to describe nerve damage or problems. This can be caused by various sources, including diabetes, infections, exposure to toxins, and physical trauma.

Nerve compression is a more specific issue experienced in isolated nerves, particularly where a nerve is either compressed or constricted in its fibrous tunnel. This happens solely as the result of external pressure on the nerve.

Both can cause the same symptoms, which include numbness, tingling, burning, stabbing pain, ulcers (open sores), curling of toes, cramping, and weakness or loss of stability in the lower limbs.

Our nerve experts here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists will accurately diagnose the condition for you and then create an effective treatment plan to relieve existing symptoms and keep you safe from further problems. Call us at (512) 328-8900 and we can provide further information or assist you in scheduling an appointment with one of our highly-skilled podiatrists.

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