Neuropathy Specialist

Brad Hayman, DPM -  - Podiatric Surgeon

Complete Foot & Ankle Care

Brad Hayman, DPM

Podiatric Surgeon located in Prescott, AZ

Peripheral neuropathy occurs when you have nerve damage in your limbs and is known for being incredibly painful. At Complete Foot & Ankle Care in Prescott, Arizona, you can meet with neuropathy expert Brad Hayman, DPM, CWS. As a double board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Hayman specializes in the latest neuropathy treatments available. See how Dr. Hayman can help you by scheduling an appointment online, or by calling the clinic directly.

Neuropathy Q & A

What causes neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy for short, is a chronic condition that leads to damage in the nerves in your extremities, especially in your hands and feet. While diabetes is one of the most common causes of neuropathy, due to blood sugar spikes and limited blood flow, other issues can cause neuropathy, too.

You might have nerve damage from neuropathy because of:

  • Autoimmune disease
  • Certain prescription medications
  • Viral or bacterial infections
  • Noncancerous or cancerous tumors
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Underactive thyroid

Neuropathy can seriously lower your quality of life. If left untreated, neuropathy can limit your ability to feel pain, walk around, or keep your balance. Understanding the signs and symptoms of neuropathy and getting started on treatment early on can delay its progression and help restore your full function.

Does neuropathy cause symptoms?

The symptoms you experience with neuropathy depend on which nerve (or nerves) is affected. In your lower extremities — feet, ankles, and lower legs — neuropathy can commonly lead to:

  • Extreme sensitivity to touch
  • Inability to feel extreme temperatures
  • Lack of coordination
  • Frequent falls
  • Muscle weakness

It’s important to get to the root of what’s causing your neuropathy and treat that issue as soon as possible. For instance, if your case of neuropathy stems from poorly managed blood sugar associated with diabetes, Dr. Hayman can work with your primary care physician to help develop a comprehensive care plan for you.

How is neuropathy treated?

Once Dr. Hayman understands the cause of your neuropathy and works with you to treat the underlying issue, he can develop your neuropathy care plan. Treating neuropathy often involves several types of therapies including:

  • Topical numbing creams
  • Anti-seizure medications
  • Painkiller medications
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)

When you have neuropathy, regular exercise is essential for relieving neuropathy pain and improving muscle strength. Dr. Hayman may incorporate physical therapy or daily exercises into your neuropathy treatment plan.

If you’re not getting relief or if your neuropathy seems to be getting worse, Dr. Hayman might suggest surgery. Neuropathy surgery involves removing tumors (if applicable) or cutting surrounding tissues to minimize pressure on the affected nerve.

Book your neuropathy evaluation at Complete Foot & Ankle Care today. Schedule online or over the phone.