Nerve Pain

David Jenson, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Jenson Foot & Ankle Specialists

David Jenson, DPM

Podiatrist located in The Woodlands, TX

Nerve pain can be uncomfortable and inconvenient, but it can also indicate and exacerbate serious health problems. David Jenson, DPM, of Jenson Foot and Ankle Specialists in Shenandoah, Texas, specializes in diagnosing and treating neuropathy, and can help you find lasting relief. Take the first step by scheduling a one-on-one consultation today, either online or by phone.

Nerve Pain Q & A

What is peripheral neuropathy?

To understand peripheral neuropathy, it helps to think about how your nervous system works. Your brain and spinal cord form your central nervous system, while the nerves running through the rest of your body make up your peripheral nervous system. If your spinal cord is the major Interstate, then your peripheral nerves are all the highways, streets, lanes, and back roads that feed into that main corridor.

Peripheral neuropathy occurs when your peripheral nerves sustain damage or undue pressure. Some of the more common causes of peripheral neuropathy include:

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Metabolic problems
  • Traumatic injury
  • Certain infections
  • Congenital defects
  • Environmental toxins

As you can see, some of these causal factors can be avoided, while others are out of your control. Soleal sling syndrome, tibial nerve dysfunction, and sinus tarsi syndrome are types of neuropathy that affect the lower extremities.

What are some symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?

Everyone has a unique experience of peripheral neuropathy. Your symptoms may include one or more of the following:

  • Heightened sensitivity to touch
  • Sensations of tingling, prickling, or burning
  • Sensory abnormalities that wake you at night or prevent sleep
  • Unexplained numbness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain that feels sharp, throbbing, burning, or jabbing

It’s important to come in for a diagnostic exam any time you notice unusual sensations or changes in the way your body normally functions.

Jenson Foot and Ankle Specialists offers advanced diagnostic tools like the Pressure Specified Sensory Device (PSSD), which can identify and record nerve function to detect pathologic shifts in nerve tissue. The testing process is painless, and will provide feedback about your ability to feel light touches by a probe.

How is peripheral neuropathy treated?

One of the most powerful tools in treating neuropathy is a minimally invasive surgery known as nerve decompression. This approach involves altering the tunnel surrounding a pinched nerve to reduce pressure and enable normal nerve function.  

Dr. Jenson is one of only a few specialists in the area with the training and expertise needed to perform nerve decompression. The procedure requires precision and a skilled touch, both of which define Dr. Jenson’s approach.

If you notice sensory changes in your foot or lower leg, schedule an appointment with Jenson Foot and Ankle Specialists for a thorough diagnostic exam and customized treatment plan. You can set up your visit online or by phone.