What causes nerve damage in my feet?

Researchers know of more than 50 things that can lead to nerve damage in feet, and probably more are still to be discovered. They vary widely, but fall into some general categories:

  • Diseases: lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, lymphoma, diabetes, and celiac disease, to name a few
  • Infections: HIV, Lyme disease, shingles, hepatitis C, and more
  • Exposure to poisons: heavy metals, chemical toxins, and excessive alcohol are some examples
  • Trauma or pressure: auto accidents, sports injuries, falls, wearing a cast for some time, tumors,  or repetitive activities that cause pressure from surrounding bone or soft tissue are all factors
  • Medications: including chemotherapy, HIV drugs, pyridoxine and isoniazid
  • Vitamin deficiency: B12 is essential for nerve health

For unexplained numbness, tingling, or pain in your feet, west Denver residents can call Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center in Wheat Ridge, Golden, Evergreen, or Granby, CO, at (303) 423-2520 and set up an appointment to get to the root of your discomfort. Dr. Matthew Paden, Dr. Brett D. Sachs, and Dr. Dustin Kruse can provide the expert treatment and caring to make your legs and feet—and you—feel more comfortable again.