Neuropathy Specialist

Elliott M. Perel, DPM, FACFAS -  - Podiatrist

Monroe Foot & Ankle Care

Elliott M. Perel, DPM, FACFAS

Podiatrist & Board Certified Foot Surgeon located in Jamesburg, Monroe Township, NJ

Neuropathy, or nerve damage and pain, can increase your risk of foot injuries and is often debilitating. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care in Jamesburg, New Jersey, serving patients in the Monroe Township area, podiatric physician and surgeon Elliott Perel, MD, and his expert team offer conservative neuropathy treatments like noninvasive MLS laser therapy and injections. At the first sign of numbness, burning, or tingling, schedule an appointment with Monroe Foot & Ankle Care by phone or online.

Neuropathy Q&A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a disorder that results from nerve damage. It can cause numbness, pain, and weakness. Diabetes is a common cause of neuropathy, which can be debilitating if it's left untreated. 

Monroe Foot & Ankle Care uses the latest technological advancements to relieve pain and restore your quality of life.


What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Certain signs and symptoms can indicate you have neuropathy. These include:

  • Numbness 
  • Tingling 
  • Sharp or jabbing pain
  • Touch sensitivity
  • Burning pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Shooting pain
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Heat intolerance
  • Feeling like you’re wearing socks or gloves

If neuropathy pain is severe or long-lasting and you’re searching for relief, see the expert podiatrists at Monroe Foot & Ankle Care for an evaluation. 


What are the risk factors of neuropathy?

While anyone can develop neuropathy, several factors increase your risk of developing the condition, such as:

  • Family history of neuropathy
  • Diabetes
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Kidney or liver diseases
  • Infections
  • Toxin exposure
  • Repetitive motions

Complications associated with neuropathy include skin trauma, wounds, burns, and falls associated with poor balance. Consuming plenty of vitamin E, niacin, and other B vitamins is important for optimal nerve health. 


How is neuropathy diagnosed?

To diagnose neuropathy and develop a personalized treatment plan, your Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provider reviews your symptoms and medical history. They complete an exam and use a simple skin biopsy to determine the concentration of nerve fibers in your lower extremities. 

Your provider might also complete blood tests, nerve function tests, and imaging procedures.


How is neuropathy treated?

Your personalized neuropathy treatment plan varies by its cause and severity. Your Monroe Foot & Ankle Care specialist might recommend:

  • Nutritional supplements
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Stem cell injections
  • Prescription medications
  • Noninvasive MLS laser treatment

They also offer surgical procedures in severe cases. 


How can I reduce my risk of neuropathy?

To reduce your risk of neuropathy, adopt healthy lifestyle habits. Maintain a healthy weight, eat nutritious foods, and get regular exercise. Take vitamin supplements if your doctor recommends it and tightly control blood sugar if you have diabetes.

Don’t live with neuropathy symptoms or let them progress to serious complications. Schedule an appointment with Monroe Foot & Ankle Care by phone or online today.