Chronic foot pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including neuropathy. Neuropathy affects the nerves that travel to the legs and feet and is common among diabetic patients. Those with neuropathy may experience a variety of symptoms, including shooting pain, burning, tingling, sensitivity to touch, and joint pain, all ranging from mild to severe. There is no cure for neuropathy, but using a neurostimulator is a treatment option to consider for managing the pain associated with it.
A Neurostimulator May Provide Relief From Neuropathy
A Neurostimulator uses mild electrical pulses to interrupt pain signals. This type of treatment works to reduce the patient’s perception and experience of pain inside the body. Neurostimulation is often used to treat those with neuropathy and may bring some level of relief.
The Tarrant County podiatrists at Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists use two types of neurostimulation for patients dealing with diabetic neuropathy:
- The Primary Relief Vagal Nerve Stimulator. This neurostimulator sends an electrical current through three small needles to the vagus nerve, accessed through the ear. The vagus nerve is stimulated to calm the brain stem structures associated with pain and allows for an increase in sensitivity to endogenous opioids. The Primary Relief Vagal Nerve stimulator can run for 10 days on its battery supply.
- The Implantable Neurostimulator Pulse Generator. This device is about the size of a half-dollar and is surgically placed near the spine and is often used to treat leg pain. You are in charge of the device and can signal it to deliver electrical current when needed.
Consult with our Tarrant County podiatrists to understand if a neurostimulator is right for you and your condition. Our Tarrant Country podiatrists will determine if you can be treated by neurostimulation to relieve the pain from neuropathy and create a treatment plan based on your personal needs.
Benefits of Neurostimulation
There are many benefits of neurostimulation. This form of treatment offers an alternative to opioid painkillers and has been proven safe and effective. When other forms of treatment have not worked to provide relief from neuropathy pain, neurostimulation should be considered.
Some of the benefits of neurostimulation in treating neuropathy are:
- It helps reduce leg and foot pain
- It reduces/eliminates the need for opioids and reduces the risk of opioid addiction
- It is minimally invasive
- It has no side effects
Contact Our Tarrant County Podiatrists to Help With Your Neuropathy Pain
To find out if neurostimulation can work for you, contact Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists. We can evaluate your condition and tailor a treatment program to fit your specific needs. To request an appointment in our Grapevine or Keller office, fill out our convenient online contact form, or call us today.