Welcome to US Neuropathy Centers

US Neuropathy Centers (USNC) are dedicated to bringing patients with peripheral neuropathy, nerve pain, or nerve injury, the most advanced treatments available, based on the most accurate diagnosis available.  Our physicians and providers have the dedication and expertise to bring relief to most patients suffering with many nerve conditions.

Neuropathy is a complex disorder with many facets.  It is our philosophy that there are very few places that look at the patient with nerve pain from a global perspective meaning from “head to toe”, and treat it with a multi-disciplinary approach.  Our individualized patient care is based on well-established guidelines and peer-reviewed science, which has led to the constantly evolving treatment protocols for our patient treatment.  Very simply this leads to better outcomes, and happy patients.

The team at USNC continues to research and develop treatments for neuropathy in a never-ending pursuit to bring the best care and treatments to those suffering from neuropathy.

Stephen L. Barrett, D.P.M., MBA

Dr. Stephen L. Barrett
Executive Director UNSC
US Neuropathy Centers

News and updates from the USNC Blog

The Top 4 Frequently Asked Questions About Neuropathy

At US Neuropathy Centers, we believe in offering patients only the best and most effective treatments for peripheral neuropathy. In addition, our providers are experts in nerve pain treatment and provide essential tips and advice to help patients live normal and healthy lives. Though each patient is unique, we are often asked the same questions…

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Peripheral Neuropathy Can Affect Both Hands and Feet

Though feet are the most commonly affected limbs when dealing with neuropathy, the hands are vulnerable to symptoms as well. Distal Symmetrical Polyneuropathy, the same type of neuropathy that frequently affects the feet, is a condition that disturbs the regularity of the peripheral nervous system. Patients with this condition deserve a proper evaluation from an…

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Human Chorionic Gonadotropin for Neuropathy Treatment

Researchers once believed that Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) was only produced in the placenta of pregnant women. In fact, home-pregnancy tests are still based on the evidence of HCG in female urine. HCG is a hormone that researchers now know is produced in both males and females. More importantly, HCG can stimulate the production of…

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Top 10 Peripheral Neuropathy Risk Factors

Peripheral neuropathy is a symptom that develops as a result of damage to the peripheral nervous system.  Peripheral nerves transmit information to the spinal cord and the brain from other areas of the body. If these nerves become damaged, information is manipulated and distorted, causing confusion in the brain. Subsequent symptoms include burning pain, tingling…

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5 Things Every Diabetic Should Know About Foot Pain

People with diabetes often develop symptoms of pain and muscle weakness, especially in the feet. Foot deformities and foot pain frequently result if symptoms are not promptly treated. If you are diabetic and suffering with pain in your legs, feet or hands, you should know: 1. The pain likely comes from the nerve (neuropathy). According…

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Caring for Your Feet at Home

If you are among the 60 percent of diabetic Americans affected by foot neuropathy, it is important to inspect your feet regularly and note any changes to your health. Nerve pain commonly develops as a response to diabetes, and patients should be conscious of their foot health at all times. At US Neuropathy Centers, our…

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Natural Treatment for Diabetic Neuropathy

As one of the most common complications of diabetes, neuropathy causes damage and pain to nerves in the hands and feet. The general assumption is that controlling your blood glucose levels will prevent nerve damage and pain. However, this is not necessarily true. At US Neuropathy Centers, our providers are determined to combat patients’ nerve…

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How Smoking Affects the Diabetic

According to the American Heart Association, 22 percent of diabetic Americans are smokers. While many people realize that smoking is bad for overall health, the minority of Americans realize that habitual smoking drastically increases the chances of developing diabetes. Diabetics who smoke also increase their risk of complications related to the disease. At US Neuropathy…

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Diabetic Charcot Foot Syndrome

People who are diagnosed with diabetes have an increased risk of foot complications, especially pain, loss of sensation, and progressive diseases that arise from these, such as ulcers. If proper foot care is not applied throughout the treatment of diabetes and subsequent diabetic neuropathy, the risks escalate and can even include amputation. US Neuropathy Centers…

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Reduce Heel Pain Caused by Peripheral Neuropathy

Heel pain is a common foot problem that many people experience. While there is more than one cause of heel pain, the most common being degeneration of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue that supports the arch of the foot, heel pain can also be caused by damage to the nerves near the heel. At…

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Diagnosing Small Fiber Neuropathy

Nearly 40 million Americans suffer from damage to nerve fibers, making peripheral neuropathy a rapidly expanding public health problem. Small fiber neuropathy and specific damage to myelinated or unmyelinated nerve fibers can develop as a result from a variety of diseases including diabetes, metabolic syndrome, thyroid dysfunction, and celiac disease. It is important to understand…

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New Drug Treatment Could Revolutionize Foot Ulcer Treatment

According to a study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism(JCEM), participants who received a tissue repair medication to treat a diabetic foot ulcer were twice as likely to have healing within eight weeks, compared to participants who received a placebo. Foot ulcers are one of the most common symptoms developed from…

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What is Morton’s Neuroma?

The term Morton’s neuroma is used to describe a painful condition involving the nerve between the metatarsal bones of the foot. In most patients, the ball of the foot becomes painful. The use of the term “neuroma” to describe this condition is often misleading and can result in sub-optimal courses of treatment.  In the majority…

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Cancer and Peripheral Neuropathy: Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy

The diagnosis of cancer is often a terrifying one. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Cancer stricken individuals can undergo various treatments including chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. In some cases, chemotherapy drugs can promote the development of peripheral neuropathy, damaging the nerves of…

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How to Exercise With Diabetic Foot Pain

Diabetic neuropathy is a form of nerve damage that can develop as a result of diabetes. If a person struggles with high blood sugar levels, nerve fibers in the legs, feet, and hands can become damaged as a response. Often times, people with diabetic neuropathy have extreme pain, tingling feet, muscle weakness, and foot complications…

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Proper Nail Care with Diabetic Neuropathy

Most women would agree that getting a pedicure is one of the greatest ways to relax and be pampered. Even some men would also attest to this luxury experience. Having your nails done doesn’t just mean getting your nails painted. With it, consumers also receive a thorough soaking, lengthy massage, and detailed scrub with scented…

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Harmful Side effects to the Brain from Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is a condition that develops in response to diabetes and involves damage to nerve fibers, primarily in the feet, legs and hands. Until recently, researchers and physicians believed that this nerve damage primarily only affected the peripheral nervous system. A new body of research now suggests that diabetic peripheral neuropathy also…

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Poor Circulation and Nerve Pain

Small fiber neuropathy is a type of peripheral neuropathy that develops from damage to the small unmyelinated peripheral nerve fibers, called c-fibers. Often times, the cause of small fiber neuropathy is unclear. In many cases, diabetes contributes to the development of small fiber neuropathy. Small fiber neuropathy can affect the c-fibers of the sensory nervous…

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Peripheral Neuropathy Versus Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), a chronic pain condition, often affects the legs, arms, hands, or feet, and usually develops as a result of an injury or trauma to the limb. Much is still unknown about this complicated condition, but researchers believe that it is caused by damage to both the peripheral and the central…

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Pediatric Testing May Miss Out on Diagnosing Pediatric Diabetic Neuropathy

According to an April 26, 2013 published study in the journal Pediatrics, standard screening methods for diabetic peripheral neuropathies (DPN) are not a reliable method for detecting this condition in pediatric patients. According to the American Diabetes Association, children with type 1 diabetes should be tested for DPN on an annual basis. However,  new research suggests…

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Evaluating 8 Diet Tips for Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathies develop as a response to diabetes and an excess of glucose in the bloodstream. Nearly 60% of patients with Diabetes will develop diabetic peripheral neuropathy at some point. Nerve pain and other symptoms of diabetic neuropathy develop at various stages of a person’s life, depending on the type of diabetes they have, whether…

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Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: A common nerve complication

Carpal tunnel syndrome is more of a household name than tarsal tunnel syndrome. Busy and hardworking Americans are required to use their hands for jobs such as excessive typing, constant lifting, and cooking. Tarsal tunnel is a similar condition to carpal tunnel, except it describes damage to one or more nerves on the inside of…

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Two Entrapment Syndromes

A nerve entrapment, often referred to as nerve compression or pinched nerve, occurs when pressure it put onto a nerve. Pressure can be from repetitive motions or long periods of standing or sitting, for example. Nerves traveling through narrow spaces throughout the body are most vulnerable to nerve entrapment. At US Neuropathy Centers, our specialists…

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Top 8 Reasons to Exercise with Diabetes

Managing diabetes can be tackled in a number of different ways. Because people who suffer from this disease are at such a high risk of foot complications, it is important to incorporate foot care techniques into any treatment plan. With summer just around the corner, activities and exercises can be achieved in the comfort of…

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Diabetes Management During the Summer

It is an unfortunate reality that many people affected by diabetes also struggle with diabetic neuropathy. Insulin and blood sugar management go hand in hand with managing diabetic nerve pain. The providers at US Neuropathy Centers know it is just as important to keep patients aware of their neuropathy, as it is crucial to keep…

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Can Vitamin D Help Relieve the Symptoms of Neuropathy?

Over the last decade, several studies have explored the link between vitamin D deficiency and increased pain in patients with chronic pain syndromes, depression and neuropathy. In a 2008 study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, restoring vitamin D levels to normal range in type 2 diabetics with peripheral neuropathy resulted in a 40-50% decrease…

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Neuropathic Pain & Depression: Exploring the Link

One of the most commonly reported symptoms of neuropathy is pain. Pain associated with neuropathy is often constant; while it may fluctuate in severity over the course of the day, it’s generally always there at some level. Pain almost always provokes an emotional response, which may include anxiety, irritability and agitation. Ever bump into something…

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Physical Therapy with Neuropathy

Any chronic pain condition, such as neuropathy, can have a negative impact on quality of life. Typically, patients in chronic pain become less active, a natural, protective reaction. As you activate damaged peripheral sensory and/or motor nerves, the brain sends signals of distress. But as a patient becomes less active, other health concerns begin to appear,…

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Alpha Lipoic Acid for Diabetic Neuropathy

Small fiber neuropathy (SFN) is a type of peripheral neuropathy that affects the unmyelinated C fibers and the slightly myelinated Aδ fibers that are present in skin, peripheral nerves, and organs. Diabetics are particularly prone to developing SFN, which can co-exist with damage to the large fibers. As the small nerve fibers die, they send abnormal…

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Could Nerve Pain be a Warning Sign for Diabetes?

Research has led to a better understanding of the risk factors for the development of neuropathy, one of the most common being diabetes, which has been shown to lead to the development of both small and large fiber neuropathy in as many as 60% of all diabetics. However, approximately 25% of cases of neuropathy are…

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Sleep Apnea may play a role in the development of Diabetic Neuropathy

It is estimated that as many as 60% of people with diabetes will go on to develop some degree of peripheral neuropathy. What has been less well understood is what other risk factors play a role in which diabetic patients will or will not develop nerve problems. A 2012 study in American Journal of Respiratory…

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The Presence of Neuropathy may Help Diagnosis Lupus

Lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease, can be difficult to diagnose. The most common sign of Lupus, a facial rash, does not occur in all cases. Moreover, other signs and symptoms of Lupus are often vague and can mimic those of other diseases. There is no single test to diagnose lupus. In many cases, it takes…

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Nerve Decompression Could Help Prevent Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Ulcers on the bottom of the foot are one of the most concerning complications of diabetes. Approximately 15% of all diabetics will develop an ulcer, and ulcers precede 84% of all diabetes-related lower-leg amputations. Of even more concern, the 5-year mortality rate following a lower-extremity amputation is almost 80%. Once a person has had an ulcer,…

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Autonomic Neuropathy Testing Important for Diabetic Patients

Peripheral neuropathy is one of the most common complications of diabetes. While most of the focus is on sensory neuropathy and the associated symptoms (pain, tingling, burning and numbness in the feet and legs are the most commonly reported), autonomic neuropathy may be of even greater concern. Studies have reported of prevalence of 20-40% for…

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Celiac Disease and Neuropathy

Gluten intolerance gets a lot of press. Almost every major restaurant chain now offers a gluten-free menu, and gluten free foods fly off the shelves at local supermarkets. All of this is for good reason; the symptoms associated with gluten intolerance can be uncomfortable, and in severe cases, life-threatening. There may be an even more…

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Knee Surgery and Neuropathy

Pain and numbness in the leg, ankle or foot following a total knee replacement is a somewhat rare, but serious complication of total knee replacement (TKA). Many patients are told this is a self-resolving problem that will get better over time. Unfortunately, this is not true in too many cases. Symptoms that persist several weeks…

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Heel Pain? It Might be your Nerves.

Heel pain is one of the most common complaints that brings patients to a podiatry office. For the majority of patients, heel pain will be due to tissue changes within the plantar fascia, the connective tissue that supports the arch of the foot. This condition is known as plantar fasciopathy, or plantar fasciitis. However, for…

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Nearly 1 in 3 People Living with Diabetes are Unaware

According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 1 in 3 patients with diabetes are unaware of their condition, or nearly 8 million people living in the US alone. Even more alarming, 85% of the 8 million undiagnosed diabetics have a primary care doctor, and nearly 70% have seen that doctor at least twice in…

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Painful Neuropathy: Your Diabetes may not be the only factor

It has been well established that diabetes, in particular, type II diabetes, is a major concern in the development of peripheral neuropathy. Symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy can include pain, burning, a feeling like pins and needles, and even sensory loss, or numbness. These symptoms can come on after years of living with diabetes, or…

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Vitamin D: Pain, Mood & Your Heart

The “Vitamin D Craze,” as some health blogs have labeled it, has certainly received a lot of press in recent years. Some research has pointed to Vitamin D as the “be-all” cure for everything from depression, to prevention of cancer, fracture risk and even heart attacks.  Others have said that the evidence is lacking, and…

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What the Science Says: Best Medication for Diabetic Neuropathy?

Clinicians have many options in choosing a drug therapy for diabetic neuropathy.  Antidepressants, anticonvulsants and opioids are the main drugs used to treat neuropathic pain. Which medication, or more likely, combination of medications, is right for you may seem like a game of trial and error. A recent meta-analysis (Drug Treatments for Diabetic Neuropathy: A Meta-Analysis. Allan…

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Neuropathy at Night

As anyone suffering with neuropathy is aware, neuropathy is a 24/7 condition. The pain, burning or numbness might be slightly better or worse at times, but generally, it is always there. For many patients, symptoms get worse at night, just as you want to sink into the relief of sleep. By itself, a lack of…

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Could an anti-inflammatory diet help with your neuropathy symptoms?

Anti-inflammatory diets are based on the general concept that constant or out-of-control inflammation in the body leads to ill health, and that eating to avoid constant inflammation promotes better health and can ward off disease. Generally, in the absence of injury to your body, most inflammation begins in your stomach.  Studies of the microbiome show…

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Could essential oils play a role in neuropathy relief?

The use of essential oils for a variety of health, mood and wellness applications has only gained popularity in the United States in recent years, but has long been well accepted in other parts of the world. More than 100 different essential oils are used in medical aromatherapy in Europe, and some physicians prescribe and…

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Orthotic Shoes for Peripheral Neuropathy

Chronic lower extremity pain is commonly encountered by people suffering with peripheral neuropathy. The specialists at US Neuropathy Centers are at the forefront of diagnosing and treating peripheral neuropathy, with lower extremity pain in the foot, ankle, and lower leg as a focus. In Greek and Roman times, chronic pain was generally treated with poppy-based…

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Nerve Decompression for Diabetic Neuropathy

Entrapment of a nerve occurs when pressure is exerted from the surrounding tissue, causing damage and pain. This symptom is common in patients affected by diabetes. According to recent research, nerve entrapment is regularly associated with ulceration, infection, amputation, and early mortality in diabetic patients. Based on this information, Dr. D. Scott Nickerson and Dr.…

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Available Treatments for Peripheral Neuropathy

At US Neuropathy Centers, we understand that peripheral neuropathy is a symptom of an underlying condition and not a disease in itself. Common causes of neuropathy include autoimmune disorders, diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, or physical injury among many others. Whatever the cause of your pain may be, the professionals at US Neuropathy Centers are equipped with…

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Neuropathy Symptoms and Resulting Damages

More than 100 types of peripheral neuropathy exist, all of which can impair function to the either the motor, sensory, or autonomic nerve groups. Each peripheral neuropathy condition has its own set of characteristics, with common symptoms including pain in the foot or hands, numbness, tingling (pins and needles), burning and muscle weakness, but could…

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The Value of Hormone Testing for Patients with Neuropathy

According to developing clinical studies, hormone testing and replacement are essential functions in pain management. Based on the information from studies conducted over the past four decades, research supports the testing of specific adrenal and gonadal hormones in chronic pain sufferers. At US Neuropathy Centers, this testing and replacing method can help identify which necessary…

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How Foot Deformities and Muscle Weakness Affect Diabetic Patients

Unbeknownst to many, lower extremity problems represent the most common complication associated with diabetes. In fact, research says that diabetic patients are 15 times more likely to have a foot amputation than non-diabetic individuals. At US Neuropathy Centers, our team of compassionate and expert physicians are dedicated to helping patients with diabetic neuropathy avoid complications…

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Innovations to Electrotherapy Found Effective for Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment

Electrotherapy is a medical treatment that utilizes electrical energy for a variety of diseases and conditions. Evolving dramatically throughout history, electrotherapy was once applied in forms ranging from electric eels to modern microwaves. Today, modern and safe versions of electrotherapy are commonly used to treat pain from neuropathy. At US Neuropathy Centers, our skilled team…

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Decompression Surgery for Diabetic Peripheral Neuralgia

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is nerve damage that develops in people affected by diabetes. Between 60 and 70 percent of all diabetic patients are affected by DPN, having the ability to develop at any stage in their diabetes. Typically, DPN is irreversible, and clinicians can only offer treatment to mask painful symptoms. New research, however,…

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Understanding Each Patient’s Needs

What would life be like without the functions of our hands and feet? People who suffer with peripheral neuropathy constantly have to alter their lifestyles to accommodate for the pain that comes from doing normal activities like exercising, driving, or cooking. Peripheral neuropathy is the result of nerve damage, most often in the hands and…

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Could Essential Oils Play a Role in your Neuropathy Symptom Relief?

The use of essential oils for a variety of health, mood and wellness applications has only gained popularity in the United States in recent years, but has long been well accepted in other parts of the world. More than 100 different essential oils are used in medical aromatherapy in Europe, and some physicians prescribe and…

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Do Fibromyalgia Patients Have Hope for Pain Relief Through Neuropathy Treatments?

Fibromyalgia is one of the most common and expensive health problems in America today. Dr. Anne Louise Oaklander, PhD, at Massachusetts General Hospital conducted a study on fibromyalgia patients due to the theory that fibromyalgia is related to small-fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN). Within her study, Dr. Oaklander found that nearly half of the fibromyalgia participants also…

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