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Does folic acid help neuropathy in the feet?

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Folic acid and other B vitamins may help peripheral neuropathy, including neuropathy of the feet, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Vitamin B deficiency is one of the causes of peripheral neuropathy.

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Peripheral neuropathy is damage to nerves outside the brain and spinal cord, states the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The symptoms include burning, tingling, a buzzing sensation and numbness; they usually begin in the fingers and toes and move up along the arms and legs as the condition worsens. B vitamins such as folic acid cannot prevent neuropathy from causes such as chemotherapy, tumors pressing on a nerve or diabetes, but they may help manage the condition.

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