Neuropathy Peripheral

My doctor says that I have “neuropathy peripheral” but I am not a diabetic. Can a person not diabetic suffer this desease? I have pain but I can feel. – Ann

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello Ann. Thank you for your question. Without examining you I cannot say exactly what is the cause of your pain, however I will do my best to guide you. As far as peripheral neuropathy goes there are several different causes, types and symptoms. Depending on what your Doctor has diagnosed as the cause of your neuropathy will help guide the treatment. Many people think just diabetes can cause peripheral neuropathy however there are also vitamin deficiencies, impingement on a nerve, chemotherapy and other infectious disease. I would speak to your Doctor to get the answers to these questions. Good luck!

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    Dr. Emily Splichal
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  2. Foot-com

    Dr Splichal, I have CMT disease and have a question. I purchased a new pair of Aetrex shoes. I ordered the same size I have always worn. I have to send them back because they are too narrow in the toe box. Are my feet widening because of the CMT? I have the hammer toes and sometimes have problems a little difficulty walking but am looking forward to shoes that will help me with this.
    Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Judy

  3. Foot-com

    Ann…. I also have Neuropathy Peripheal, CMT Disease for me. I do not have diabetes either. My dr. thought I did at first because my toes are numb and I am overweight. But mine is definatley CMT disease.

  4. Foot-com

    Thank you for your question Judy. CMT is a form of neuropathy that affects both sensory and motor function. This means there is impairment in the proprioceptive feedback that controls balance, and the strength of the small muscles that stabilize the foot. As the muscles of the foot weaken the toes begin to pull in and the walking becomes difficult. If you purchased the same size shoe you typically wear and it does not fit, then this is most likely due to foot shape changes associated with CMT. I would try a different size, but its also important to understand the impact that CMT has on your gait. In addition to comfortable shoes I would focus on incorporating balance exercises to improve your overall gait. I wish you the best!

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    Dr. Emily Splichal
    Please be advised: we do not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
    By law, we cannot give specific medical advice over the Internet

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