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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 experienced, compassionate, and professional physician, and the providers at US Neuropathy Centers are committed to just that.

At US Neuropathy Centers, we assess each patient’s symptoms to determine areas of the body where neuropathy is present. Our providers work toward finding a correct diagnosis through thorough testing and examination of symptoms. We understand that peripheral neuropathy can affect all limbs, not solely a person’s feet. Hand neuropathy, though not as prevalent as foot neuropathy, deserves the same value of treatment as any other condition we treat.

Polyneuropathies can affect one nerve or a combination of the motor, sensory, and autonomous nerves. As previously stated, hands are less vulnerable to damage than foot neuropathy. The hands are closer to the heart, providing them with more circulation and blood flow than the feet. A person typically uses their hands more directly than their feet, and if an ulcer or associated damage is noticed, it can treated promptly.

Hands do not pose as big of a risk for ulcers and amputation as feet do. However, it does not mean the hands aren’t less considered during evaluations. The providers at US Neuropathy Centers understand the lack of literature available about hand neuropathy and resulting care, and bring hope to our patients through detailed assessments of the hands or referral to a provider that can, depending on the site.

Symptoms of hand neuropathy can include:

Like foot neuropathy, hand neuropathy may be caused by conditions including diabetes and Distal Symmetrical Polyneuropathy. If you have any preexisting disorders or diseases, you may be vulnerable to developing peripheral neuropathy. These disorders include:

If you or someone you love is affected by peripheral neuropathy, contact a US Neuropathy Centers physician today. If you have symptoms of neuropathy but have not yet been diagnosed, we welcome new patients. For more information about hand neuropathy, contact US Neuropathy Centers at your convenience.

If you are suffering from neuropathy, please do not hesitate to call us at US Neuropathy Centers.

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

@US Neuropathy Centers, 2018

Author
Sequioa DuCasse

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