Peripheral neuropathy is damage to the peripheral nerves. These are the nerves that connect your spinal cord to the rest of your body.

Peripheral Nerves of the Foot
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Many health conditions can cause peripheral neuropathy. The damage may occur due to:

  • Trauma from nerve compression or inflammation
  • Certain medications, such as chemotherapy treatments for cancer
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Hereditary syndromes
  • Exposure to toxins and heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, or pesticides
  • Exposure to cold or radiation
  • Prolonged treatment in the intensive care unit

Health conditions that can damage peripheral nerves include: