Peripheral Neuropathy 

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What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral Neuropathy refers to conditions that affect the nerves primarily in your feet and legs, and occassionally in your hands, fingers and arms.  There are many types of peripheral neuropathy and many causes.  Neuropathies that primarily cause discomfort in the feet and lower legs are perhaps the most common.

The Peripheral Nervous System is an extensiion of your Central Nervous System (brain and spinal cord), a system of nerves that branch beyond your spnal cord and serve the outer aspects of your body, such as your legs and feet. 

Picture the peripheral nervous sytem as small feeder streams in the skin that join with other feeder streams and eventually form a large river (your spinal cord) andthen into a big lake (your brain).  Ultimately, pain is sensed as the nerves on the outside of your body (smalleer feeder streams) send the signals through your spinal cord to the brain.
The Peripheral Nervous System includes the Somatic Nervous System and the Autonomic Nervous System.  The somatic nervous system includes the nerves serving the musculoskeletal system and the skin.  It reacts to outside stimuli affecting the body such as in touch, cuts, heat and cold sensations.  The autonomic nervous system automatically seeks to maintain normal function of everything that is supposed to run on "auto-pilot."

When not functioning correctly, as in the case of Peripheral Neuropathy, blood flow to the skin of the feet and legs is reduced or shut down and pores constrict, thus preventing sweating and the cooling down of the legs and feet. 

All of this reduces or prevents nutrition and oxygen from reaching the nerves that serve the skin.

Nutrient and oxygen restriction to nerves first damages an insulating coating around them known as myelin.  Myelin is a substance which protects the nerves and aids in tranmission of the nerve signal itself.  When myelin is damaged, the whole nerve is damaged - leading to peripheral neuropathy.

Because nerves control every action and reaction in the body, to make matters worse, when nutrient and oxygen restriction damages the myelin coating of the nerves, proper skin perspiration is prevented.  This often leads to more challenges such as swelling, as well as hot or cold feelings in the feet or legs.  As you can see, once this snowball starts rolling, it's often like a line-up of falling dominoes leading to more and greater problems.

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