Neuritis is most commonly known as severe pain caused by one or more nerves along the nervous system. There are many different types of neuritis, such as optic neuritis, vestibular neuritis, neuritis radiculitis, and many others. Optical neuritis affects the eyes obviously,but the concept is similar, and each form of neuritis will require a specialist for that type. Dr. Mechanik treats neuritis conditions of the foot, which include medial plantar neuritis (commonly referred to as heel neuritis), digital neuritis, and deep peroneal neuritis. It is possible for more than one area of the body to be affected at once,and neuritis should be evaluated by a doctor directly, regardless of the area it has affected.Although most people relate neuritis to an inflammation of sorts, it is actually a change in the nervous system resulting in pain, changes of sensations,weakness, and loss of reflexes.
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Symptoms of Neuritis
The main symptoms of neuritis are:
- A prickly or burning sensation and extremely sharp pains.
- In worse cases, there may be numbness and paralysis of the adjoining muscles.
- During beginning stages, patients may experience loss of muscle tone due to atrophy
- Another cause of neuritis has been linked to pernicious anemia, related to spinal nerves.
- The patient suffering from this condition may find it increasingly difficult to walk.
Neuritis’ number one cause is linked to chronic acidosis, also known as excessive acid located in the blood and other bodily fluids. Bodily fluids should be neutral in their reaction, but due to long term poor diet, acid waste continuously forms in the tissues, causing acidosis. Other poor habits of living, work,stress, etc. can result in the breakdown of the nervous system can contribute to neuritis. Neuritis can also be caused by nutritional deficiencies, i.e. calcium levels and vitamins B12, B6, B1 and B2. Neuritis can also be cause by any type of blow or force that had resulted in bad bruises or heavy pressure over a system of nerves. Dislocation and fractured/broken bones may have the same cause and effect. Other causes may include sprains and over exerting or overextending resulting in tearing or other injury to the nerves. Tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus, diabetes mellitus, leprosy and insecticides poisoning can bring about neuritis.
Treatment for Neuritis
Temporary relief can be found in medications, but they ultimately will not cure the symptoms or disease. However, the cost of such medications maybe more than financial; the heart and kidneys will be affected, while the neuritis remains. Treatment for neuritis is best sought through an enriched diet of nutritional supplements, better known as vitamins or just a change in eating habits on a whole. One should emphasize whole grains (including wheat and brown rice), raw milk, and homemade cottage cheese. An example breakfast would include fresh fruits, and a handful of seeds or nuts. Steamed vegetables, some form of whole wheat and buttermilk would follow as a suitable lunch. Dinner should consist of vegetables, or a large green salad, homemade cottage cheese and,again, the buttermilk. When neuritis is extreme, patients may be put on a short fruit fast, to cleanse their bodies of the acids, allowing for fast absorption of the correct nutrients. Carrot, apple, and citrus fruits are best used for this fast. Tips for Neuritis Cure and Home remedies:
- Soybean milk. Every night an acceptable mixture of soybean and milk maybe consumed to alleviate symptoms. This helps to tone your nervous system due to its high concentration of lecithin, B vitamins and glutanic acid.
- Barley brew is also effective. For best results, barley brew should be mixed with lime juice and buttermilk.
- Raw carrot and spinach is extremely recommended, as both have high amounts of the vitamins normally found as deficient, causing neuritis. The most effective was to consume and absorb these nutrients is by drinking a half a liter of the combined raw juices daily.
- Hot Epsom-salt baths should be taken 3 to 5 times weekly. The patient should stay in the bath for a average of 30 minutes. The affected areas can and should be bathed daily in this same Epsom salt mixture. Walking and other moderate exercise will also help tone the muscles and nerves, alleviating both pain and symptoms.
Let Us Help You
Colorado Foot Institute offers an amazing product called NeuRx. NeuRx contain vitamins and antioxidants to help nourish and protect nerve cells from further oxidation damage. Call to make an appointment (303) 333-3383 or click on our ‘Store’ tab for more details.
Dr. Mechanik is Board Certified in Foot Surgery and Board Certified in Reconstructive RearFoot and Ankle Surgery. He has the medical and surgical skills to treat your foot conditions.He and his family are natives of the Denver area.
Dr. Mechanik received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree from the the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine which is part of the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, a national leader in medical education.
Dr. Mechanik then went on to complete a twenty-four month post-graduate Residency training program in Foot and Ankle Surgery and a twenty-four month surgical Fellowship program in Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Surgery.
Dr. Mechanik is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a Diplomate, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. With his expertise in foot care, Dr. Mechanik will work with you help find a treatment solution for your neuritis and rid your life of constant, nagging, debilitating pains in your foot for good. You can schedule an appointment by calling our office at 303-333-3383.