Living with foot pain can be debilitating and frustrating. When standing, walking and even sitting becomes painful, every facet of your lifestyle changes in response. What’s more, it can be extremely difficult to find reliable treatments for foot neuropathy in Richmond. Learn about the symptoms of foot neuropathy and the common treatment paths to determine the best next steps for your health and lifestyle.
Foot neuropathy is nerve damage in the feet. Neuropathy refers to pain disorders that impact the nerves. Foot neuropathy falls under the category of peripheral neuropathy, which includes pain disorders that affect any of the peripheral nerves. The system of nerves located outside of the central nervous system are peripheral nerves.
The feet are among the areas most commonly affected by neuropathy. Neuropathy as a whole is estimated to impact 20 million Americans.
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Foot neuropathy can encompass a wide range of specific conditions. Causes of neuropathy include nerve damage from injury, autoimmune diseases like diabetes, infections, tumors and more. Different causes and various types of nerve damage each result in their own symptoms.
Symptoms of foot neuropathy can include:
Because of the wide range of symptoms and causes, diagnosing foot neuropathy can be a long process involving multiple types of tests. These tests can include blood tests to identify conditions like diabetes and vitamin deficiencies, imaging tests to see any irregularities in the bones, nerve function tests and more.
Physical exams will also allow your doctor to observe reflexes, muscle strength, coordination and other important factors. All of this information together can help doctors determine the exact cause of the foot neuropathy and develop the best treatment plan to address it.
The causes for foot neuropathy vary greatly, and so do foot neuropathy treatment options. One common route for addressing foot neuropathy symptoms is to prescribe or recommend medication. Sometimes, over-the-counter pain relievers like NSAIDs may be used to address more mild symptoms, or prescription pain medications will be prescribed if symptoms are particularly severe.
Other medications, such as anti-seizure medications and antidepressants, may be prescribed for certain causes of neuropathy. In some cases, topical treatments can help if symptoms involve a burning sensation. Unfortunately, relying on medication as the only form of treatment fails to address the underlying cause and problems at hand. This means that the condition will not improve — the medication is only working to cover up symptoms. Many people struggling with foot neuropathy do not want to sign on for a lifetime of taking medication and dealing with unpredictable side effects and other complications.
Aside from medication, other common therapies include physical therapy and surgery. While these treatments do aim to address the root of the problem, they also come with their own concerns and may not work to address all symptoms. For example, physical therapy can be extremely helpful for those experiencing muscle weakness as a symptom of foot neuropathy. On the other hand, if your primary symptom is a burning or tingling sensation, physical therapy may not address the issue.
Finally, in some cases, surgery may be recommended as a treatment option for foot neuropathy. In the case of some common causes of foot neuropathy, surgery can be used to reduce pressure on nerves. However, many people are understandably hesitant to undergo an invasive surgery and face the associated risks and recovery times.
Fortunately, there are more foot neuropathy treatment options available outside of invasive surgery and medication. Chronic Care of Richmond offers safe and effective therapies for peripheral neuropathy such as foot neuropathy. With natural, non-pharmaceutical treatments, Chronic Care of Richmond is a leader in non-surgical chronic pain relief.
The importance of finding relief for foot pain cannot be overstated. Living with foot neuropathy can impact every part of daily life, from work tasks and family events to travel and recreational activities. Searching for a treatment only to find potentially-addictive medications and invasive surgeries as the only common options can be extremely disheartening. Fortunately, with Chronic Care of Richmond, there’s another way. Request a consultation today!Schedule a Nerve Screening Today!
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Myerisha is free from Neuropathy pain, tingling, burning, coldness, & and numbness in her feet!
Carol found relief from neuropathy and her balance is back, no more tingling, sharp pains, pins and needles in her feet. She's even working out 5 days a week!
Rodney, is a dancer who could no longer feel his feet. He came to us skeptical and without hope. After treatment from our Neuropathy program he is dancing again and is AMAZED with his progress and recovery.
Mr. Mundy was suffering with pain, numbness, tingling, and severe neuropathy in his feet. After going through our treatment he can wear his work shoes again and can work all day.
Mr Spicer had neuropathy in both feet with burning, tingling, pins and needles. He went from a 78% and 61% nerve loss on each foot to to 35% and 28% nerve loss improvement. His A1C is now stabilized, and he's lost 30 pounds.
Mr. Walls suffered with pins, needles, balance issues, and severe neuropathy. His A1C dropped from 12.2 to 6.6. He feels better — no more tingling or bee stinging feeling / stepping on needles, burning, or pain.
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Dr. Bryant Snyder is a leader in the field of non-drug, non-surgical chronic pain procedures. He has successfully managed thousands of patients suffering from chronic joint pain, peripheral neuropathy, and other chronic neurological and metabolic conditions.
Dr. Bryant Snyder graduated from Life University in Marietta, Georgia and has been in full-time practice since 2002. He regularly attends post-graduate educational seminars on topics such as regenerative medicine, functional neurology, functional medicine, spinal structure, and nutrition and also consults other doctors in his profession.
Dr. Snyder is a graduate of the American Functional Neurology Institute (AFNI). He is Board Certified in Integrative Medicine and is a diplomate in Whole Medical Systems from the American Association of Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Snyder and his wife of 20 years, Jenneane, have three beautiful children, Delaney, Chloe, and Crosby. They enjoy sports of all kinds as well as hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities.
Growing up Jenneane always got an “x” in that box on the report card for “Excessive talking”. Although her teachers may not have agreed at the time, that “x” that just reflected her love of people – being around them, talking to them, helping them. Her passion for people transitioned into a passion for little people as an elementary school teacher. She later moved on to work in a successful children’s franchise company in which she eventually became Vice President, where she helped people who wanted to bring enrichment education to children in their community. But everything changed when Bryant first learned about regenerative medicine and how it was helping people with chronic pain. He was in his 16th year of practice when they realized that by incorporating stem cells into the practice, they could not only help current patients, but they could also help the people in our community who are living with chronic pain and have lost hope. Those who have tried everything else and just want their life back! This was the only natural path for them to take. So, Jenneane quit her career, they both received an immense amount of training, they worked hard, and here they are – offering a safe, affordable, effective, non-invasive procedure for chronic pain to their community. When she is not working in or on their practice, she is with the people she is most passionate about – their three kiddos, Delaney, Chloe, and Crosby who keep them busy and happy. And, at the root of it all, everyone has the right to be happy. If you are living with chronic pain, you, too, can once again be truly happy! Jenneane is seeing the life-changing results in their patients and that, too, makes her happy.
Amber Manche brings extensive experience in pain management, surgical trauma ICU, cardiac, and bariatric surgery to the Chronic Care of Richmond practice. She received her Master’s degree in Nursing from Chamberlain University. She has a holistic approach to patient care, and her personal goal is to serve our patients as a functional medicine nurse practitioner.
Amber enjoys spending time with her dog and two boys who love soccer, football, wrestling, hockey and video games. She loves gardening, reading, running, pilates and yoga. On her days off you may find Amber walking/running with the dog, at church, at the park with the kids, with family or on the water in the summer.
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Tiffany was born and raised in Virginia and she loves it here. She is energetic and thinks of herself as quite the comedian. She’s constantly on the move and you’ll never see her sitting still for very long. She loves helping people and takes great pride in her work in the office. She is married and has 3 children, all of whom are very unique. She is also the mother of four amazing ferrets that wear hoodies as a way of self-expression.
Certified Health & Life Coach, Emily, completed her bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University Idaho. Passionate about helping people change negative beliefs into positive beliefs, Emily received her training and certification from Aspen Family and Wellness Center. She has experience working with patients from various backgrounds by helping them create spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional goals that they successfully maintain over time.
In her spare time, Emily loves to get some extra steps in by looking for home and decor at TJ Maxx, Home Goods, or Target. She loves to spend time with her husband and her cute (and hyper) dog, Maggie. Emily is excited to meet her patients and is excited to help them on their health journey.
Courtney is a certified Health Coach with a certification in fitness, nutrition, and holistic care from American Council on Exercise. She has worked in the Richmond, VA area community to achieve sustainable lifestyle changes since 2019. Courtney has experience working with clients of all ages, backgrounds, and fitness levels. She is passionate about helping our community become the best version of themselves, and learn to live to their fullest, healthiest, and happiest potential.
In her spare time Courtney enjoys doing anything outside from hiking or camping to kayaking. Her favorite down-time includes attending or watching Washington Capitals hockey, reading a good self-help book, or cuddling up with her cat Bella, who believes she is a dog.
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As Patient Care Coordinator, Kristy brings extensive customer service and patient care experience to the Chronic Care of Richmond & Weight Loss RVA team. With a background as an Emergency Medical Technician and Medic, she brings a dynamic and caring patient-outcome focus to the team.
Kristy is a native of New York City, and she and her husband moved to Richmond after raising six children. They enjoy spending time with family, including their two dogs, Kairo and Karma. A positive, optimistic caregiver you’ll always see Kristy with a smile on her face!