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:
Last reviewedMay 2014by Rimas Lukas, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.