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Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide, causing numbness, tingling, and pain in the extremities. It can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life, making it difficult to walk, stand, or even carry out daily activities. Fortunately, the podiatrists at Sunshine Coast Health Services are well-equipped to address the challenges posed by peripheral neuropathy. In this blog post, we will explore the different ways podiatrists can assist individuals suffering from this condition.

Understanding Peripheral Neuropathy:

Peripheral neuropathy refers to a condition characterized by damage or dysfunction of the peripheral nerves, which connect the central nervous system to the rest of the body. This damage can result from various factors, including diabetes, traumatic injuries, infections, autoimmune diseases, and certain medications.

How Podiatrists Can Help:

Podiatrists at Sunshine Coast Health Services focus on foot and ankle health. Here’s how they can assist individuals suffering from this condition:

  1. Comprehensive Assessment: Podiatrists are skilled in conducting a thorough examination to assess the extent of nerve damage and its impact on foot and ankle function. They consider various factors such as muscle strength, sensation, gait analysis, and overall foot health to develop a personalized treatment plan.
  2. Pain Management: Peripheral neuropathy can be accompanied by chronic pain. Podiatrists can employ various techniques, such as recommending topical over the counter medication or therapy to alleviate discomfort and improve overall well-being.
  3. Diabetic Foot Care: Since diabetes is a leading cause of peripheral neuropathy, podiatrists pay special attention to patients with this condition. They educate individuals on proper foot care techniques, including regular inspection, appropriate footwear selection, and managing foot ulcers or wounds effectively.
  4. Orthotics and Assistive Devices: Podiatrists may prescribe custom orthotic devices or recommend the use of assistive devices like braces, splints, or shoe inserts to enhance stability, reduce pressure points, and improve overall foot function. These interventions can minimize the risk of falls, foot deformities, and complications associated with peripheral neuropathy.
  5. Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation: At Sunshine Coast Health Services, our podiatrists work in collaboration with our Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists to design tailored exercise programs aimed at improving strength, balance, and flexibility. These therapeutic interventions can enhance mobility and help individuals with peripheral neuropathy regain functional independence.
  6. Wound Management: Peripheral neuropathy increases the risk of developing foot ulcers or wounds that can be challenging to heal. Podiatrists specialize in wound care and can provide essential interventions, including debridement, dressings, and offloading techniques, to facilitate wound healing and prevent infections.
  7. Patient Education and Support: Podiatrists at Sunshine Coast Health Services prioritize patient education, empowering individuals to actively participate in their own foot health management. We provide guidance on lifestyle modifications, self-care techniques, and strategies to prevent further nerve damage, emphasizing the importance of ongoing monitoring and regular follow-ups.


Living with peripheral neuropathy can be a challenging experience, but the podiatrists at Sunshine Coast Health Services are dedicated to helping individuals find relief and improve their overall quality of life. With their expertise in foot and ankle health, these healthcare professionals offer a comprehensive range of treatments and support, focusing on pain management, foot care, orthotic interventions, physical therapy, wound management, and patient education. If you or a loved one is suffering from peripheral neuropathy, seeking the specialized care of a podiatrist can be a significant step towards regaining comfort, mobility, and confidence in daily activities.


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