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Treatment for Neuropathy Offers New Option for Painful Foot Problems in Charleston
Published:
11/6/2013 11:41:53 AM


With help from medical assistant Reese Middleton, Ronnie Banks programs the electronic signal to send electrical pulses into his feet. Banks, who has had peripheral neuropathy for four years, is starting to get feeling back in his feet through the treatment.
 

Like the estimated 25 million patients who have peripheral neuropathy in the US, many Americans are all too familiar with the agony that this degenerative nerve condition causes: painful burning, cold sensations, tingling or severe numbness in the feet.

The suffering often worsens at night and effects sleep. Ronnie Banks, resident of Summerville and former president of Banks Construction started experiencing burning and pain in his feet four years ago. It progressed to numbness so severe that he had to relearn to drive without feeling the accelerator and brake pedals.

"It got so so bad that I couldn't get up and down, " says Banks. I have tremendous strength in my legs-I work out three times a week- and yet the numbness was so bad I couldn't get up or down. "

After he was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, he soon realized he had a lot of company.

-THE COMING WAVE-

Peripheral neuropathy can come in many forms and can be traced to many causes, although half of the cases have no apparent cause, according to the National Institurs of Health.

Because of the most common cause is diabetes, experts anticipate the obesity epidemic and resulting increase in diabetes will increase the numbers of sufferers.

The NIH says medical causes of peripheral neuropathy other than diabetes include rheumatoid arthritis pr lupus, chronic kidney disorders, toxic exposure, certain medications, and poor blood flow to the legs.

Drugs, including chemotherapy, also may damage nerves. While there is no magic pill or surgery to relieve peripheral neuropathy, neurologists say that offering individual treatment options that ease the symptoms can help patients.

-RELIEF-

Since February of 2012, West Ashley Wellness and Lowcountry Neuropathy, owned by Dr. Mark Luckie of Charleston has been offering a treatment supervised by a medical team that includes physician Dr. Atul Gupta and Jessica Lowther, MSN, F-NP-BC.

"Our clinically proven treatments have helped so many people in Charleston combined with the fact that so many people were driving in from the Bluffton and Beaufort area we decided to open a clinic in each Town. The patient response has been amazing" says Luckie.

The treatment, called combination electrochemical therapy, involves injections of a local anesthetic into the nerves above the ankle in twice weekly office boosts for a four week period. After injections and at home, the patient applies an electronic signal that sends a frequency into the foot using electrodes. The stimulation activates the release of natural pain suppressing modulators and causes microcirculation to improve healing.

In simpler terms, Luckie compares the treatment to rebooting a malfunctioning computer.

"The technique is to turn the nerves down with the Marcaine (anesthetic) and then turn the nerves on with the electrical therapy," says Luckie.

So far, Luckie and Gupta say patients such as Banks are finding relief. About 30 percent are reporting a 90 percent improvement, and about half are reporting a 60 percent improvement. About one in 20 say they are getting no relief at all.

Like other peripheral neuropathy treatments, they say results and progress vary. While the initial nerve blocks end at two months, electrical stimulation continues. Recurrence might require future nerve blocks.

"I wish I could say everybody gets 100 percent better. Unfortunately, no modality has that track record," says Luckie.

Luckie adds that most insurance and Medicare cover the treatment, which is cleared by the Food and Drug Administration.

One study, published in the online Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine in 2010, found combined electrochemical therapy to show "marked symptom and motor function improvement" in a diabetic peripheral neuropathy patients.

"Patients follow-up will be provided to better understand the long-term effects on sensory and motor function," the study says. "The outcomes discovered are exciting since there are limited treatment alternatives."

We invite you to come into Lowcountry Neuropathy for a courtesy consultation to see if these treatments could help you or a loved on.

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Submitted By: Lance Todd Submitted: 11/7/2013
Interesting results. Another approach that I have been successful with is by simply treating the atrophy of the 40 foot muscles which is found in 85% of shoe wearing societies. Studies have proven that "small muscle atrophy is present BEFORE clinical peripheral neuropathy can be detected" https://barefoot-science.com/proof/?__utma=261225502.1382255451.1383843344.1383843344.1383843344.1&__utmb=261225502.2.10.1383843344&__utmc=261225502&__utmx=-&__utmz=261225502.1383843344.1.1.utmcsr=bing|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=barefoot-science&__utmv=-&__utmk=73726865 So it makes sense to proactively and progressively rebuild the foot muscles. The Barefoot Science patented insoles have been proven to do this but there are a number of other ways listed on the web to keep your intrinsic foot muscles strong and health. Walking barefoot in the sand or grass is the best alternative. Orthotics are braces(see websters) and the worst possible thing that a person could do to themselves. Wearing flat flexible shoes that do not restrict the foot will also help.


Submitted By: Lance Todd Submitted: 11/7/2013
Interesting results. Another approach that I have been successful with is by simply treating the atrophy of the 40 foot muscles which is found in 85% of shoe wearing societies. Studies have proven that "small muscle atrophy is present BEFORE clinical peripheral neuropathy can be detected" https://barefoot-science.com/proof/?__utma=261225502.1382255451.1383843344.1383843344.1383843344.1&__utmb=261225502.2.10.1383843344&__utmc=261225502&__utmx=-&__utmz=261225502.1383843344.1.1.utmcsr=bing|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=barefoot-science&__utmv=-&__utmk=73726865 So it makes sense to proactively and progressively rebuild the foot muscles. The Barefoot Science patented insoles have been proven to do this but there are a number of other ways listed on the web to keep your intrinsic foot muscles strong and health. Walking barefoot in the sand or grass is the best alternative. Orthotics are braces(see websters) and the worst possible thing that a person could do to themselves. Wearing flat flexible shoes that do not restrict the foot will also help.


Submitted By: Lance Todd Submitted: 11/7/2013
Interesting results. Another approach that I have been successful with is by simply treating the atrophy of the 40 foot muscles which is found in 85% of shoe wearing societies. Studies have proven that "small muscle atrophy is present BEFORE clinical peripheral neuropathy can be detected" https://barefoot-science.com/proof/?__utma=261225502.1382255451.1383843344.1383843344.1383843344.1&__utmb=261225502.2.10.1383843344&__utmc=261225502&__utmx=-&__utmz=261225502.1383843344.1.1.utmcsr=bing|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=barefoot-science&__utmv=-&__utmk=73726865 So it makes sense to proactively and progressively rebuild the foot muscles. The Barefoot Science patented insoles have been proven to do this but there are a number of other ways listed on the web to keep your intrinsic foot muscles strong and health. Walking barefoot in the sand or grass is the best alternative. Orthotics are braces(see websters) and the worst possible thing that a person could do to themselves. Wearing flat flexible shoes that do not restrict the foot will also help.


Submitted By: Lance Todd Submitted: 11/7/2013
Interesting results. Another approach that I have been successful with is by simply treating the atrophy of the 40 foot muscles which is found in 85% of shoe wearing societies. Studies have proven that "small muscle atrophy is present BEFORE clinical peripheral neuropathy can be detected" https://barefoot-science.com/proof/?__utma=261225502.1382255451.1383843344.1383843344.1383843344.1&__utmb=261225502.2.10.1383843344&__utmc=261225502&__utmx=-&__utmz=261225502.1383843344.1.1.utmcsr=bing|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=barefoot-science&__utmv=-&__utmk=73726865 So it makes sense to proactively and progressively rebuild the foot muscles. The Barefoot Science patented insoles have been proven to do this but there are a number of other ways listed on the web to keep your intrinsic foot muscles strong and health. Walking barefoot in the sand or grass is the best alternative. Orthotics are braces(see websters) and the worst possible thing that a person could do to themselves. Wearing flat flexible shoes that do not restrict the foot will also help.


Submitted By: Lance Todd Submitted: 11/7/2013
Interesting results. Another approach that I have been successful with is by simply treating the atrophy of the 40 foot muscles which is found in 85% of shoe wearing societies. Studies have proven that "small muscle atrophy is present BEFORE clinical peripheral neuropathy can be detected" https://barefoot-science.com/proof/?__utma=261225502.1382255451.1383843344.1383843344.1383843344.1&__utmb=261225502.2.10.1383843344&__utmc=261225502&__utmx=-&__utmz=261225502.1383843344.1.1.utmcsr=bing|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=barefoot-science&__utmv=-&__utmk=73726865 So it makes sense to proactively and progressively rebuild the foot muscles. The Barefoot Science patented insoles have been proven to do this but there are a number of other ways listed on the web to keep your intrinsic foot muscles strong and health. Walking barefoot in the sand or grass is the best alternative. Orthotics are braces(see websters) and the worst possible thing that a person could do to themselves. Wearing flat flexible shoes that do not restrict the foot will also help.


Submitted By: Lance Todd Submitted: 11/7/2013
Interesting results. Another approach that I have been successful with is by simply treating the atrophy of the 40 foot muscles which is found in 85% of shoe wearing societies. Studies have proven that "small muscle atrophy is present BEFORE clinical peripheral neuropathy can be detected" https://barefoot-science.com/proof/?__utma=261225502.1382255451.1383843344.1383843344.1383843344.1&__utmb=261225502.2.10.1383843344&__utmc=261225502&__utmx=-&__utmz=261225502.1383843344.1.1.utmcsr=bing|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=barefoot-science&__utmv=-&__utmk=73726865 So it makes sense to proactively and progressively rebuild the foot muscles. The Barefoot Science patented insoles have been proven to do this but there are a number of other ways listed on the web to keep your intrinsic foot muscles strong and health. Walking barefoot in the sand or grass is the best alternative. Orthotics are braces(see websters) and the worst possible thing that a person could do to themselves. Wearing flat flexible shoes that do not restrict the foot will also help.


Submitted By: Lance Todd Submitted: 11/7/2013
Interesting results. Another approach that I have been successful with is by simply treating the atrophy of the 40 foot muscles which is found in 85% of shoe wearing societies. Studies have proven that "small muscle atrophy is present BEFORE clinical peripheral neuropathy can be detected" https://barefoot-science.com/proof/?__utma=261225502.1382255451.1383843344.1383843344.1383843344.1&__utmb=261225502.2.10.1383843344&__utmc=261225502&__utmx=-&__utmz=261225502.1383843344.1.1.utmcsr=bing|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=barefoot-science&__utmv=-&__utmk=73726865 So it makes sense to proactively and progressively rebuild the foot muscles. The Barefoot Science patented insoles have been proven to do this but there are a number of other ways listed on the web to keep your intrinsic foot muscles strong and health. Walking barefoot in the sand or grass is the best alternative. Orthotics are braces(see websters) and the worst possible thing that a person could do to themselves. Wearing flat flexible shoes that do not restrict the foot will also help.


Submitted By: Lance Todd Submitted: 11/7/2013
Interesting results. Another approach that I have been successful with is by simply treating the atrophy of the 40 foot muscles which is found in 85% of shoe wearing societies. Studies have proven that "small muscle atrophy is present BEFORE clinical peripheral neuropathy can be detected" https://barefoot-science.com/proof/?__utma=261225502.1382255451.1383843344.1383843344.1383843344.1&__utmb=261225502.2.10.1383843344&__utmc=261225502&__utmx=-&__utmz=261225502.1383843344.1.1.utmcsr=bing|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=barefoot-science&__utmv=-&__utmk=73726865 So it makes sense to proactively and progressively rebuild the foot muscles. The Barefoot Science patented insoles have been proven to do this but there are a number of other ways listed on the web to keep your intrinsic foot muscles strong and health. Walking barefoot in the sand or grass is the best alternative. Orthotics are braces(see websters) and the worst possible thing that a person could do to themselves. Wearing flat flexible shoes that do not restrict the foot will also help.


Submitted By: Lance Todd Submitted: 11/7/2013
Interesting results. Another approach that I have been successful with is by simply treating the atrophy of the 40 foot muscles which is found in 85% of shoe wearing societies. Studies have proven that "small muscle atrophy is present BEFORE clinical peripheral neuropathy can be detected" https://barefoot-science.com/proof/?__utma=261225502.1382255451.1383843344.1383843344.1383843344.1&__utmb=261225502.2.10.1383843344&__utmc=261225502&__utmx=-&__utmz=261225502.1383843344.1.1.utmcsr=bing|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=barefoot-science&__utmv=-&__utmk=73726865 So it makes sense to proactively and progressively rebuild the foot muscles. The Barefoot Science patented insoles have been proven to do this but there are a number of other ways listed on the web to keep your intrinsic foot muscles strong and health. Walking barefoot in the sand or grass is the best alternative. Orthotics are braces(see websters) and the worst possible thing that a person could do to themselves. Wearing flat flexible shoes that do not restrict the foot will also help.


Submitted By: Lance Todd Submitted: 11/7/2013
Interesting results. Another approach that I have been successful with is by simply treating the atrophy of the 40 foot muscles which is found in 85% of shoe wearing societies. Studies have proven that "small muscle atrophy is present BEFORE clinical peripheral neuropathy can be detected" https://barefoot-science.com/proof/?__utma=261225502.1382255451.1383843344.1383843344.1383843344.1&__utmb=261225502.2.10.1383843344&__utmc=261225502&__utmx=-&__utmz=261225502.1383843344.1.1.utmcsr=bing|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=barefoot-science&__utmv=-&__utmk=73726865 So it makes sense to proactively and progressively rebuild the foot muscles. The Barefoot Science patented insoles have been proven to do this but there are a number of other ways listed on the web to keep your intrinsic foot muscles strong and health. Walking barefoot in the sand or grass is the best alternative. Orthotics are braces(see websters) and the worst possible thing that a person could do to themselves. Wearing flat flexible shoes that do not restrict the foot will also help.


 
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