Expert Chicago Podiatrists For Neuropathy Testing Treatment

chicago podiatrist for neuropathy treatmentWhen a problem within the peripheral nerves exists, it’s known as neuropathy. People experience neuropathy as a result of various underlying medical conditions, but it can also be “idiopathic,” which means no cause can be diagnosed.

Neuropathy does not typically occur in the central nervous system, or the brain and spinal cord.

CAUSES OF NEUROPATHY

Various medical conditions can lead to peripheral neuropathy:

  • The most common cause of chronic peripheral neuropathy is Diabetes, with high blood sugar levels causing damage the nerves.
  • Vitamin deficiencies, such as B12 and folate, can cause nerve damage and peripheral neuropathy.
  • Certain chemotherapy medication and drugs used to treat HIV can also damage the peripheral nerves.
  • Poisons, or toxins, including insecticides and solvents, can cause peripheral nerve damage.
  • Cancers, such as lymphoma or multiple myeloma can cause peripheral neuropathy to occur.
  • Excessive alcohol intake and high alcohol levels in the body cause nerve damage.
  • Chronic kidney disease affecting their normal function can cause an imbalance of salts and chemicals, leading to peripheral neuropathy.
  • Chronic liver disease can also lead to peripheral neuropathy.
  • Injuries, like broken bones and subsequent casts used for treatment often put direct pressure on the nerves, causing neuropathy.
  • Infections can bring about problems, too. Peripheral nerves can be damaged by infections, like shingles, HIV, and Lyme disease.
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome is a type of peripheral neuropathy caused by infection.
  • Connective tissue diseases can be a cause, including rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome, and systemic lupus erythematosus.
  • Certain inflammatory conditions, including sarcoidosis and coeliac disease, can also cause peripheral neuropathy.
  • Hereditary diseases such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome and Friedreich’s ataxia may lead to peripheral neuropathy.
  • In a few people, no specific cause is found for their peripheral neuropathy. This is known as idiopathic peripheral neuropathy.

TYPES OF TESTS FOR NEUROPATHY

Nerve Conduction Studies:

  • Nerve conduction studies check the speed with which nerves send messages.
  • Special electrodes are placed on the skin over the nerve being tested.
  • These electrodes give off tiny electrical impulses that stimulate the nerve.
  • Alternate electrodes record the electrical activity of the nerve.
  • The speed and distance at which the impulses travel to the other electrodes allows the speed of the nerve impulse to be calculated.
  • This speed is reduced in those experiencing peripheral neuropathy.

Electromyography:

  • This test measures the electrical activity of the muscles.
  • A thin needle with an attached electrode is inserted into the muscle through the skin.
  • The needle is then connected to an oscilloscope, which is a machine that records the electric activity of the muscle.
  • How the muscle responds when stimulated by nerves is then monitored and recorded using the oscilloscope.
  • Abnormal electrical activity will exist in those with peripheral neuropathy.

Nerve Biopsy:

  • A biopsy is conducted to remove a small part of the nerve for microscopic evaluation.

Skin Biopsy:

  • A new method used to look for early peripheral neuropathy, and to monitor progression of existing neuropathy, plus the response to treatment.
  • The density of nerve fibres in the area of skin is measured.
  • For those with peripheral neuropathy, the density of the peripheral nerves will be decreased.

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Please call our Chicago podiatry office at (847) 390-7666 if you have any additional questions about neuropathy and testing for neuropathy. We will be happy to provide you with all the information that you may need. With 15 podiatry offices in and around the Chicago area, there is sure to be an office near you!

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  • "I urge anyone in need of bunion surgery to see Dr Lowell Weil. My life is forever changed and I am so grateful! Oh and my feet are now PRETTY! Thank you again!"

    - Sky N.
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  • "Dr. Weil Jr. and the Staff at the Libertyville Office are the best. I have been with Weil foot and Ankle for nine years and Dr. Weil Jr. has taken care of all my foot problems. He is the best."

    - Maureen M.
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  • “Dr. Weil Jr. and the Staff at the Libertyville Office are the best. I had joint fusion surgery on July 31, 2014 and everyone there was great with all my questions. "

    - Maureen M. – Joint Fusion
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  • “I was super nervous about the surgery but all the staff made me feel welcome and safe, before my surgery, I remember everything was clean, and everybody were professional.”

    - Michelle K. – Toe Surgery
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  • “Dr. David O’Brian and his staff in Roselle are the best! My entire family has seen Dr. O’Brian for over 10 years. "

    - Mary Pat H. – Foot Pain
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. Cernak, Thank you for being such an amazing DOCTOR! The way you care for us can’t be matched by anyone! (and hasn’t!) Your knowledge is incredible too.”

    - Sara R.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • "I urge anyone in need of bunion surgery to see Dr Lowell Weil. My life is forever changed and I am so grateful! Oh and my feet are now PRETTY! Thank you again!"

    - Sky N.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • "Dr. Weil Jr. and the Staff at the Libertyville Office are the best. I have been with Weil foot and Ankle for nine years and Dr. Weil Jr. has taken care of all my foot problems. He is the best."

    - Maureen M.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. Weil Jr. and the Staff at the Libertyville Office are the best. I had joint fusion surgery on July 31, 2014 and everyone there was great with all my questions. "

    - Maureen M. – Joint Fusion
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “I was super nervous about the surgery but all the staff made me feel welcome and safe, before my surgery, I remember everything was clean, and everybody were professional.”

    - Michelle K. – Toe Surgery
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. David O’Brian and his staff in Roselle are the best! My entire family has seen Dr. O’Brian for over 10 years. "

    - Mary Pat H. – Foot Pain
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. Cernak, Thank you for being such an amazing DOCTOR! The way you care for us can’t be matched by anyone! (and hasn’t!) Your knowledge is incredible too.”

    - Sara R.
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