“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is a saying attributed to Benjamin Franklin. When it comes to neuropathy, this is certainly great advice. The presence of, or potential for, any form of neuropathy in a patient must be given full attention. It is the signal that serious foot complications may not be too far away and could arise at any time.
Neuropathy in its simplest form is nerve damage. The word is derived from two parts: “neuro,” referring to the nerve, and “pathy,” indicating disease. Many people can develop neuropathy, which is basically the loss of full sensation of nerve endings. Nerve function may be impaired due to trauma, genetic conditions such as spina bifida, alcohol abuse, and many other diseases.