What is lower extremity nerve pain?

To understand what lower extremity nerve pain is, it helps to break down the condition into two parts – lower extremity and nerve pain. Lower extremity is simply a more sophisticated way to say “foot.” Nerve pain requires a bit more explanation.

The human body relies on several systems, including the nervous system. This system can be thought of as the communication center in the body. The brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) communicate with an intricate grid of nerves (peripheral nervous system). The peripheral nerves collect information, which is processed by the brain.

One form of information processed in the brain is physical sensation. This is a basic survival mechanism used to take actions like recognizing that you are stepping on a coal that is hot and then removing your foot quickly. For this to happen, the body relies on peripheral nerves. If these nerves are damaged, due to diabetes or other conditions for instance, it can result in painful sensations. When this happens, you need the treatment we provide.

Call Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists at (512) 328-8900 to find out more information about this form of nerve pain and the advanced treatment options we have to relieve it for you.

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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