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What Causes Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is caused by damage to the fibers that affect physical sensation. Damage to nerves can be caused by many different things, including herniated or arthritic spines, injuries, drugs, high cholesterol and high triglycerides, pinched nerves or diabetes. Other contributing factors include chemical imbalances such as those with a metabolic liver disease. Endocrine disorders that lead to hormonal imbalances can disturb normal metabolic processes and cause neuropathies as well.

Symptoms of Neuropathy

Symptoms vary depending on the type of neuropathy and which nerves are affected.

Neuropathic Arthropathy

Neuropathic Arthropathy, also called Charcot's Joint, occurs when a joint breaks down due to a problem with the nerves. This condition most often occurs in the foot, causing the person to lose almost all sensation, including the inability to feel pain. Muscles lose their ability to support the joint properly, making walking very unstable. Injuries, such as a twisted ankle, causes further inflammation, making the condition even worse. The joint in the foot can become dislocated, leading to the bone structure in the foot to collapse. Eventually, the foot will heal, however, due to the bone structure breaking down, it will be deformed.

People most at risk for developing Neuropathic Arthropathy are those who already have peripheral neuropathy, as well as those with diabetes mellitus, leprosy, syphilis, poliomyelitis, chronic alcoholism or syringomyelia.

Symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Heat in the joint
  • Strong pulse
  • Foot insensitivity

If fractures and dislocations occur, there may be severe deformities in the foot and ankle, including collapse of the mid-foot arch.