What causes neuropathic pain in your feet?

Many possibilities. Symptoms of neuropathy can range from a numbness and tingling sensation, possibly a burning sensation, to an uncomfortable painful sensation of the extremities. For some, these symptoms are mild, while for others, they can be severe and disabling. Neuropathy can result from nerve compression, trauma, drug side effect, and some diseases such as diabetes. See your physician and get it treated.
Many possible causes. There are four that i see most in my practice. The most commonly discussed is that associated with long term diabetes. Followed by alcoholism and post chemotherapy. The fourth is compression; but this is a special case and is usually one sided and can sometimes be reversed. This doesn't even begin to cover all the possibilities and a good history and clinical evaluation is required in every case.

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What are the causes of neuropathic pain in the feet?

Several causes. Foot pain can be caused by diabetes, low back injuries, toxic metals, poor circulation, etc. In traditional chinese medicine, the liver is often prioritized for evaluation and treatment. I have found that foot pain from liver sources often are worse when getting up from bed and then subside. Read more...

What is the best remedy for neuropathic pain in the feet caused by a previos disc fusion at l5?

Lyrica (pregabalin) In my patient population with neuropathy, i've had the best results with a drug called lyrica (pregabalin). Lyrica (pregabalin) is the only medication approved by the fda for neuropathic pain. Other medications such as Neurontin and Gralise are also on the market for painful neuropathy. I would recommend evaluation by a podiatrist or physiatrist. Read more...
Options. Neuropathic pain refractory from prior lumbar surgery can be treated in a variety of ways. Conservative tx such as medications that "calm" nerves may be used. More invasive measures may include neuromodulation of the spinal cord in a procedure known as spinal cord stimulation of the dorsal columns of the cord (done as outpatient, short recovery time). There is no perfect answer & depends on case. Read more...

I have severe bilateral neuropathic pain in my lower leg and feet. I have it during the day, but it's horrific at night. I also have shooting pain?

Diabetic? Are you diabetic? Treatment for this can be gabapentin or lyrica (pregabalin). It could also be secondary to back issues. Good luck! Read more...
Are you treating it? I'd recommend: 1) don't let it get worse. You need to stop the progression. If it is caused by diabetes, keep sugars controlled. If nerve compression you might need surgery. Other causes need evaluation. 2) some meds can lessen the symptoms, e.g. gabapentin, amitriptyline, pregabalin, duloxetine and others. See a neurologist to evaluate and treat this condition. Read more...
The cause? An EMG may help what kind of neuropathy you may have (radiculopathy, plexopathy, peripheral neuropathy, tarsal tunnel syndrome, etc). Blood work may help pin down the cause of a peripheral neuropathy. Sometimes the cause may be a small fiber neuropathy which is diagnoses by nerve biopsy. Read more...
Best approaches. First, you need to uncover cause, and one is always present, just may be elusive. Second, drugs such as gabapentin, Lyrica, (pregabalin) Cymbalta, if tolerated and at effective dose can blunt the pain. Third, a medical food called MetanX may help over several months. Fourth, might try Voltaren gel over feet, but Ketamine cremes may also work well. Read more...

Lately, I have noticed both my ankles & feet are swollen, the right is more swollen. I am not diabetic, but have neuropathic pain, taking gabepentin?

Many causes. If you've become more sedentary due to the pain and spend many hours sitting, you have have simple disuse edema. But there are many causes, so an evaluation is indicated. Read more...
Edema. As dr werner said , there is always a cause for edema and an evaluation is indicated by your podiatrist and family or cardiac doctor(s). Read more...

How often do patients with RLS have neuropathic pain too? Can patients with RLS have burning in feet and legs?

Yes. It is possible to have pain but it is more common to be described as discomfort. See your neurologist to make sure another cause for the pain has not developed on top if the RLS. Read more...