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 The Woodlands, Texas & Houston, Texas, and 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.
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:
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.
Everyone has a unique experience of peripheral neuropathy. Your symptoms may include one or more of the following:
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.
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.