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KERRY ZANG, DPM Diplomat, American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgury Q: What is neuropathy? A: The presence of burning,

Q: What if you’re already being treated for neuropathy?

tingling or numbness often leads

A: If you’re not finding relief

to a diagnosis of neuropathy,

from medication or treatment,

yet in many cases it’s not.

it may be time to consider the

As doctors, we were taught

fact that it may not be neurop-

that neuropathy is neurological

athy. A second opinion may be

condition that only gets worse.

helpful to determine the cause

In recent years, I started to look

of the tingling, pain or numbness

at neuropathy as more of a

in your feet.

vascular disease (related to poor circulation) rather than a nerve condition, but I had no way to prove it.

Q: What has changed in diagnosing neuropathy?

Q: What has been the problem with traditional treatments? A: Just treating the symptoms is my biggest concern with traditional treatments. If we

A: I’m now doing a more exten-

don’t find out what’s causing the

sive exam to evaluate circulation

problem, all we are doing is sup-

in the foot. I also work with a

pressing the symptoms allowing

team of endovascular physicians

the condition to progress. If we

who can evaluate if there are

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many cases, may be the cause of neuropathy symptoms.

Q: If there is a blockage, what’s next?

Q: When should someone seek help? A: There is no benefit to waiting to see a doctor. I always say it’s

A: Patients undergo a thorough

best to make an appointment at

examination and those that are

the first signs of a problem. But

candidates have a minimally

it’s also never too late seek help.

invasive procedure performed

There are new advancements

in an office setting that basically

and protocols being developed

clears the blockages and allows

all the time, so it’s important to

for better circulation in the

learn if there is another option

affected areas. Many feel pain

available for you.

relief almost immediately.

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