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What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Neuropathy by definition is the malfunctioning of nerves, and can occur in any nerve of the body whether sensory nerve, autonomic nerves or even muscle nerves.  Sensory neuropathy (malfunctioning of nerves that provide sensation or sensory nerves) often presents as numbness, tingling, electrical shocks or shooting pains.

Peripheral Neuropathy specifies involvement of nerves away from the brain and spinal cord (peripheral) and usually indicates the nerves to the legs and feet or arms and hands.  Peripheral Neuropathy usually presents in the feet first, but may progress to the hands.  The causes of neuropathy may vary but are becoming more understood.

The Neuropathy Doctor discusses this unique entity through a regular blog and free information.

Brandt R Gibson, DPM
Podiatrist, Neuropathy Doctor, Father of 11 and Founder of Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute