Quick Facts on Foot and Ankle Care in Our Podiatry FAQ

How can you tell if there is a bone spur in your heel? When should patients consider surgery for torn ligaments? Our FAQ page explores a variety of foot and ankle questions to help patients get the care they need. Search through our FAQ to get answers on your condition.

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  • Can nerve damage be reversed?

    Sometimes, but it depends.

    The central nervous system (CNS)—the brain and spinal cord—have very limited regenerative ability, so injuries to these areas often cause lasting damage. Peripheral nerves, which run outward from the CNS into your hands and feet, do a little better in this regard; however, the longer you wait before seeking treatment, the more likely that damage to even these nerves will become permanent.

    Treatments for hurting nerves will vary a bit depending on the source and severity of your condition. Managing underlying conditions (such as diabetes or PAD) is crucial. Exercise, improved diet, and other medical interventions are also frequently recommended. But you need to be proactive—an accurate diagnosis and an immediate treatment plan give you the best chance at halting, and hopefully reversing, any existing nerve damage.

    To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fox at Massapequa Podiatry Associates, please fill out our online contact form or give us a call at 516-541-9000.

  • Can I exercise with neuropathy?

    Yes! In fact, we encourage anyone with neuropathy to have a sensible exercise plan. Regular exercise can help minimize muscle pain and cramping related to neuropathy, and helps improve your circulation, keeping blood pumping nutrients to your nerves as efficiently as possible.

    However, we do ask that you check in with us, or with your regular family doctor, before initiating any official exercise routine. Neuropathy poses unique challenges and risks, and we wouldn’t want you engaging in any activities that could damage your feet or lead to accidents related to muscle weakness, loss of balance, or other related problems.

    Generally speaking, sitting and stretching exercises, strength training, and low-impact cardio such as cycling or swimming are great options for people dealing with peripheral neuropathy. However, other activities may be approved or disapproved based on your condition. A full examination is recommended to help devise the best treatment plan and tailor a workout routine that will offer you the greatest benefit. To set up an appointment at our Long Island podiatry office, please call 516-541-9000 today.