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Understanding and Managing Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain can be caused by a dysfunction in the nervous system, owing to trauma, surgery, diseases like diabetes , infections, and cancer. Why Does Neuropathic Pain Occur? Neuropathic pain occurs when the ability of the nerves to regulate pain signals decreases. Sometimes, after an injury or trauma, the ability of the brain to block pain can even be lost. There is a phantom feeling of pain even when there is no external stimulation. How Can Neuropathic Pain Be Managed? The first step to manage neuropathic pain is to identify the cause. Very often, neuropathic pain can affect the foot and ankle. It is called peripheral neuropathy. Signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include:-           Gradual onset of numbness           Prickling or tingling in feet           A tingling sensation that spreads upward into legs          Sharp, jabbing, throbbing, or burning pain           Extreme sensitivity to touch If the podiatrist suspects peripheral neuropathy, he

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