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What are the symptoms of neuritis in the feet?

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Symptoms of neuropathy, or neuritis, in the feet include the onset of numbness, tingling, a burning pain sensation and heightened sensitivity to touch, according to Mayo Clinic. Other symptoms include sharp or jabbing pain and muscle weakness.

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Neuropathy, or peripheral neuropathy, is a medical condition that affects the peripheral nerves that control sense of touch, pain, temperature and muscle strength, explains WebMD. Although it generally begins in the feet and hands, it can affect other parts of the body such as the limbs. Even though doctors do not fully understand what causes neuropathy, genetics and other health problems, such as diabetes, kidney problems, vitamin deficiencies, infectious diseases and exposure to toxins can cause it.

Treatment depends on the scope and severity of the condition; however, the underlying goal is to generally manage the causes and relieve pain-causing symptoms, notes Mayo Clinic. Treatment options involve the use of medications to relieve pain; they include over-the-counter pain medications for mild symptoms; prescription painkillers for severe symptoms; anti-seizure medications, such as gabapentin and pregabalin; capsaicin; and antidepressants, such as amitriptyline and nortriptyline. Other treatment options include therapies, such as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, plasma exchange and intravenous immune globulin, physical therapy and surgery.

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