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i have neuropathy of my feet due to surgery but i m not diabetic wondering what would work the best. My feet are tingling.

Kenny Young (Plant City, FL) on Sep 25, 2012
While I can't legally prescribe anything, alpha lipoic acid, found at nutrition stores, has been documented as helping with neuropathy. Massage will help a well if done correctly.
Philip O'Brien (Bethlehem, PA) on Sep 25, 2012
Mononeuropathy is damage to a single nerve or nerve group, which results in loss of movement, sensation, or other function of that nerve. It is most often caused by injury, although body-wide (systemic) disorders may cause isolated nerve damage. Long-term pressure on a nerve due to swelling or injury can result in neuropathy. The covering of the nerve (myelin sheath) or part of the nerve cell (the axon) may be damaged. This damage slows or prevents signals from traveling through the damaged nerves. A competent practitioner will be able to diagnose the area of entrapment and provide treatment to free up the adhesions that are entrapping (or putting pressure) the nerve. Techniques such as Graston, ART, and Active Myofascial Release followed by progressive rehabilitation with exercises such as nerve flossing work very well.
Macherie Ward (Gretna, LA) on Sep 25, 2012
There are a few things you can do to manage neuropathy. A good diet is key, so looking at your eating habits will be a good start. Make sure you are taking care of your feet. Check for blisters, cracked heels, even broken toe nails. I would recommend getting a pedicure at least once a month. Massage will also aid you in managing your neuropathy. Reflexology is very helpful. I offer reflexology as well as many other massage modalities. Check out my profile and book an appointment - I would love to assist.
Josee Knecht (Memphis, TN) on Sep 25, 2012
Hi! I've experienced neuropathy from an autoimmune disease 9 years ago that paralyzed me. The symptoms you mentioned are due to your nervous system "rerouting" itself, growing new pathways to replace the pathways damaged by your surgery or by swelling after your surgery. I received massage therapy from an experienced therapist who focused on my lower legs and feet. She did Swedish and reflexology. I had wonderful results with this therapy and offer this service at my office as a massage therapist. I know that nerve regrowth can be a long, painful experience, but something you can get thru comfortably with massage! Please call me if you'd like additional info or would like to book an appointment. Take care!
Ashley Hirzel (Oregon, OH) on Sep 25, 2012
If you wish to try a more natural method, massage therapy is great for neuropathy. It will help with stimulation. You also might try aromatherapy for neuropathy, as it also has proven to help with stimulation and tingling.
DeeAlice Moton (Hephzibah, GA) on Sep 25, 2012
Massage would help resolve some of your problem.The tingling is a sign of poor blood flow, which can be improved through massage.
Chris McCarty (Tempe, AZ) on Sep 25, 2012
I am curious to know more about the surgery.
Marco Di Bonaventura (King Of Prussia, PA) on Sep 25, 2012
Neuropathy can have several different pathologies, including nerve damage, circulatory, and cellular imbalances. Generally, acupuncture is a very effective treatment for neuropathy. A consultation and evaluation should be done.
Eti Domb-Kodama (San Diego, CA) on Sep 25, 2012
A combination of acupuncture and herbs works best for surgery-related neuropathy.
Jacqueline George-Algaier (Pittsburgh, PA) on Oct 2, 2012
Neuropathy is a nerve problem that causes pain, numbness, tingling and swelling or muscle weakness in different parts of the body. Peripheral neuropathy in the hands and feet can be caused by trauma, toxic substances, diseases, infection or drugs, including anti-cancer drugs. Neuropathy can also be a result of an underlying cardiovascular issue. I would encourage you to speak to your physician regarding the source of the problem and recommendations for supplements that might help the condition. Gentle massage can help provided that you are able to tolerate the pressure. For some people with neuropathy, they are hypersensitive and have pain with even mild or light touch.
Anthony Pham (Salem, OR) on Sep 25, 2012
There are many medical reasons that can cause the tingling in your feet. I recommend an examination to find out the cause of your condition.
Andre Yershov (New York, NY) on Sep 25, 2012
Acupuncture can certainly take care of that. Tingling after surgery is usually due to formation of adhesive tissue (surgical scarring). This new tissue constricts normal movement and circulation in the area, creates an obstruction. Acupuncture can help you to break up this scarring, make it soft and pliable.
Karen Homann (Hudson, IA) on Sep 25, 2012
I offer massage and cupping bodywork, which is a gentle, non- invasive technique that achieves powerful results with neuropathy.
Mecshell Maria Wright (Chattanooga, TN) on Sep 25, 2012
You should go to a neurological chiropractor.
Kathleen Rosenblatt (Los Angeles, CA) on Sep 25, 2012
In answer to your question, I have become adept at erasing neuropathy with a PEMF Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Stimulator. I have cured neuropathy twice in single treatments: for a 78-year-old woman who had numb and painful feet and many other problems, now all gone; and an 88-year-old man with 2 strokes, a hip replacement and chronic vomiting from a hiatal hernia. His neuropathy (and vomiting) disappeared in the hour. This instrument regenerates cell tissue, rebuilds damaged fields, and allows fluids to move through the cell membrane. It seems well-suited for neuropathy in particular.
Carlos Chapa (Mesquite, TX) on Jan 7, 2013
Talk to your local Licensed Acupuncturist! Even though this is not a very common complaint, we are seeing (and helping!) patients with similar problems. Make sure to see a Licensed (not certified) Acupuncturist that graduated from at least a Masters Degree program in Chinese/Oriental Medicine. Please keep in mind, it will probably take a few sessions to see a significant change. Your Doctor will discuss diet changes, vitamins, supplements and herbal medicines which can help.
Brian Skow (Scottsdale, AZ) on Jan 6, 2013
Try Asian Bodywork Therapy. Find a qualified practitioner here - http://www.aobta.org/aobta-directory.html?sobi2Task=search.
Herman Crespo (Miami, FL) on Dec 23, 2012
first at all, ask you doctor first, but you can reseach Alternative therapies for peripheral neuropathy like cannabinoids (an class of chemicals found in marijuana), Botulinum Toxin Type A (better known as Botox), NMDA antagonists (such as ketamine), dietary supplements (such as alpha lipoic and benfotiamine), chiropractic massages, yoga, meditation, cognitive therapy, and accupuncture.
Richard Bartlett (Lansing, MI) on Dec 11, 2012
I would need to see your medical records and maybe talk to your doctor, but I would consider doing deep tissue massage on the area of your surgery. You may have a nerve that is entrapped in scar tissue, and releasing it could give you some relef.
Luis Rivera (Marietta, IL) on Oct 29, 2012
reflexology along with acupressure work well for the limbs especially post-surgical. Some tui-na as well would do wonders for you. Thank you.
Robinson Le (San Mateo, CA) on Oct 22, 2012
Try addressing the scar tissues around the surgical site. It's normal for the body to create soft tissue adhesion and scar tissue after any trauma. You can seek a provider who does the graston technique or A.R.T. I'd avoid wearing tight shoes and flats. Also see a chiropractor that works on extremities to check the biomechanics in the foot, ankle and knee, due to possible compensatory gait.
Crystal Wright (Valrico, FL) on Oct 18, 2012
You are probably not getting the proper blood flow to the lower half of your body, especially at the site of surgery. Try massage to your legs and feet using massage cream or some type of stimulant essential oil such as mentha, peppermint or ginger for increased circulation. Keep your body hydrated and stretch your lower back, hips, hams, calves, and feet often. Sincerely, Crystal Wright, LMT Valrico, FL 888-609-5538
Karen Orlosky (Lafayette, CO) on Oct 16, 2012
I would like more information on the nature of the surgical procedure that resulted in this neuropathy. I do believe that bodywork of some kind may help alleviate the symptoms. This would include any combination of massage/CranioSacral Therapy/Reiki/acupuncture and various other techniques. One never knows how well an individual will resonate and respond to any specific treatment.
Kerry Kott (Odessa, FL) on Oct 15, 2012
Acupuncture is a great help because it's about promoting circulation and herbal medicine is a help for addition to nourish the body from within.
Dale Tope (Pflugerville, TX) on Oct 14, 2012
I've successfully treated neuropathy in the feet from diabetes and chemotherapy. The treatment would likely be the same, traditional acupuncture and electroacupuncture, along with Chinese herbal pain patches applied to the soles of the feet at night to re-establish proper blood flow and normalize sensation.
Theodore Schiff (Northampton, MA) on Oct 14, 2012
I would highly recommend for you seek out the services of a Trained Reflexologist. I am a Certified Reflexologist and Massage Therapist with a Private Practice located in Northampton Massachusetts. I spent over five years working with Oncology Patients. One of their chief complaints was Neuropathy in the feet and hands. There are specific points on our feet that refer to all of the organs and glands of the body. Reflexology on the feet is absolutely amazing. It differs from Massage Therapy in that the Practitioner is trained in doing pressure point work on specific areas of the feet. The work feels amazing and helps to bring the body back into homeostasis. I hope this information is helpful to you. Please let me know how you make out.
Christopher Serrell (Westminster, CO) on Oct 14, 2012
Acupuncture can help with both neuropathy and/or tingling in your feet. The treatment does take a little bit of time because often time with numbness and tingling there can be some nerve irritation. Acupuncture can treat this condition with persistant treatment normally over the course of a few months, realize that each patient is different and your experience may take longer or a shorter amount of time. Make an appointment and you'll can judge for your self the efficacy of the treatments.
Adi Barad (Winnetka, IL) on Oct 14, 2012
Neuropathy can be a complex condition. We sometimes do have good results treating neuropathy with acupuncture and nutritional supplements. I would be happy to offer you a free phone consultation. You can reach me at: 847-922-4039 Thank you, Adi Barad,LAc.
Bharat Kalra (Wheaton, IL) on Oct 14, 2012
Tingling generally means pinched nerve. If it is because of muscle tightness, scar tissue or postural issues it can be helped with massage.
Alma Myers (North Hollywood, CA) on Oct 14, 2012
Studies suggest that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are effective treatments for peripheral neuropathy. Acupuncturists treat Peripheral neuropathy as obstruction due to dampness moving to the limbs, where it constricts the circulation of blood and energy (called qi or ATP). The treatment addresses the underlying factors causing this dampness to accumulate and to directly facilitate the circulation of Qi and Blood in the affected area. Increased circulation allows the nerve tissues of the affected area can be nourished to repair the nerve functions and reduce pain and tingling.
Jason Bussell (Wilmette, IL) on Oct 14, 2012
Acupuncture can help all types of neuropathic pain, not just diabetes-induced. It relieves the pain and restores normal sensation for about 90% of patients.
Yaphet Hill (Houston, TX) on Oct 8, 2012
Neuropathy in your feet can be due to compression of the nerves to your feet. An evaluation of the musculature of the lower limbs for possible nerve entrapment
Portia Zheng (Sunnyvale, CA) on Oct 2, 2012
sometimes related to lower back problem. good way come to me and see what happened. please contact to me portia
Kathleen Drebick (Woodbury, NJ) on Oct 2, 2012
Please refer to my post re: neuropathy... Recommended would be massage --including work on the glutes and stretching, and/or an Energy Balance with Brazilian Toe Technique. Brazilian Toe Technique is a gentle holding of the toes in a particular sequence. This synchronizing of the pulses helps the Meridian System to Shift to Its Natural Path. It is highly recommended for Neuropathy (numbness in the extremities), Restless Leg Syndrome, Chemo and Radiation Recipients, Calming the Nervous System, etal.
Heather Carter (Conshohocken, PA) on Oct 1, 2012
Successful treatment will depend on the severity of nerve damage causing your neuropathy. However, in my experience, I've had numerous patients have success with cold laser therapy for neuropathy caused by surgery.
Kim Vandeveer (Rohnert Park, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
if its a nerve damage and depends on if its a main nerve or smaller nerve acupuncture can help but if its a main nerve hard to say but you can always try and see if it helps
Johanna Wasen (Blue Ash, OH) on Oct 1, 2012
What type of foot surgery did you have? We need to determine if numbness is due to a pinched nerve, and what it is that is pinching the nerve. It is very likely scar tissue because of surgery. Massage can break up scar tissue quite effectively and more easily the sooner the intervention!
Canney Yang (New Hyde Park, NY) on Oct 1, 2012
I suggest to do Reflexology twice a week, 45min each session. You will feel difference after the treatments. Please contact with me if you'd like to make an appointment.
Trina Elson (Stuart, FL) on Sep 30, 2012
Getting a massage will increase your circulation that will help with your neuropathy. You may want to consider a reflexology treatment which is a wonderful 30 minute massage that will focus strictly on your feet.
Jennie Mison (Philadelphia, PA) on Sep 30, 2012
Neuropathy due to surgery is a completely different issue than tingling feet due to poor circulation. Please follow up with your physician for assistance regarding this matter. Massage cannot affect this problem with any tremendous level of success because this appears to be a nerve problem and not a muscular/fascial/circulatory problem.
Nobledamon Withey-Bey (Atlanta, GA) on Sep 30, 2012
take a B-Complex daily
Sue-Brown Henry (Georgetown, DE) on Sep 29, 2012
I would try craniosacral therapy. I don't know if it will help, but that would be my first attempt. I had a client with traumatic brain injury, her one foot didn't move until her second treatment, then her toes would wiggle. Acupressure and/or acupuncture may also help. Good luck!
Portia Barnblatt (San Francisco, CA) on Sep 29, 2012
Acupuncture works very well for neurological pain. Find yourself an experienced acupuncturist.
Katalin Csoka (Mission Viejo, CA) on Sep 29, 2012
Peripheral neuropathy is a very stubborn condition for acupuncture. Once again, the root of your condition should be identified and then treatment: I always combine East with West, recommending high dose of B1 vitamin intake and/or iv vitamin infusion (available in my clinic fo a very reasonable price).
Mary Maurer (Cave Creek, AZ) on Sep 29, 2012
Acupuncture & Asian Medicine are perfect for neuropathy as the acupuncture energetic channels known as meridians have likely been cut through during surgery. Once the energy lines have mended via the help of acupuncture, sensation is most likely to return. This may also be the case of not only energy being kept from the feet but also proper blood flow, thus the tingling sensations.
K.C. Schellhammer (, ) on Sep 29, 2012
Reflexology (foot massage)
Kexin Bao (Rosemead, CA) on Sep 29, 2012
Acupuncture/moxibustion/herbal medicine etc. are possible helpful for such condition. Please contact me via phone (626) 288-1199. Dr. Kexin Bao. L.Ac., Ph.D.
Patrick Mann (Punta Gorda, FL) on Sep 28, 2012
I have neuropathy due to type II Diabetes. I have found that mega doses of Vitamin B1 (Benofotiamine) 600mg a day, Vitamin B6 200mg a day, Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin) 4000mg a day, Alpha Lipoic Acid 300mg a day and Feverfew extract (Tanacetum parthenium herb) taken daily has all but taken the symptoms of the neuropathy away. Always wear good socks and good fitting shoes.
Nancy Web (Pawtucket, RI) on Sep 28, 2012
Uncovering the root cause of the neuropathy is the first step. I would assess circulation and muscular tension through the pelvis since a blockage in the hips and groin may cause a lack of circulation down the legs. I would also assess the flow of energy through the meridian system as a blockage may also cause neuropathy. Check for a vitamin D deficiency as well. Depending on assessment I would recommend a combination of shiatsu, massage and reflexology.
Serena Bordes (Boca Raton, FL) on Sep 28, 2012
Thank You for your inquiry. One of my first questions is how long have you had the neuropathy and when and where on the body was the surgery? Acupuncture is very good at treating neuropathy through the stimulation of what we call meridians and pathways. I encourage you to give acupuncture a try. Depending on the length of time you have had the neuropathy will determine how patient you will have to be with allowing acupuncture to stimulate and rebalance those nerve senses. Please feel free to make an appointment so we can offer you non invasive treatments to regain sensation in your feet. Warmly, Dr. Serena Bordes Acucare Healing Center Boca Raton, FL
Diane Palma (Oak Park, IL) on Sep 28, 2012
How long has it been since your surgery? Sometimes it returns back to normal after a certain amount of time. Reflexology will help stop the neuropathy progressing.
Bette Eastman (Plant City, FL) on Sep 28, 2012
Basic Swedish massage including petrissage and of course the light strokes of effleurage would be beneficial. Have your therapist avoid the hypersensitive areas and because of the reduced sensation in your feet, you may not be able to give accurate feedback about pressure so lighter than normal petrissage should be used. If joint mobilization or stretching is employed it should be done with caution. Since this condition was a result of surgery, I suggest you get your physician's release for massage therapy. (Reference "Massage Therapy Principles and Practice" by Susan Salvo.)
Bette Eastman (Plant City, FL) on Sep 28, 2012
Basic Swedish massage including petrissage and of course the light strokes of effleurage would be beneficial. Have your therapist avoid the hypersensitive areas and because of the reduced sensation in your feet, you may not be able to give accurate feedback about pressure so lighter than normal petrissage should be used. If joint mobilization or stretching is employed it should be done with caution. Since this condition was a result of surgery, I suggest you get your physician's release for massage therapy. (Reference "Massage Therapy Principles and Practice" by Susan Salvo.)
Soon Pak (Bayside, NY) on Sep 28, 2012
It is worthy trying acupuncture because it can promotes healing by enhancing recuperative power.
Shohreh Younessian Pedouim (Los Angeles, CA) on Sep 28, 2012
What do your doctors/ surgeons say? have they cut any nerves? what was the nature of the surgery? any ways for your condition acupuncture and Tuina (therapeutic massage ) is effective but first I have to know what they have done on you and how long ago.
Janette Asaro Pena (Holmes, NY) on Sep 28, 2012
Try Chiropractic to balance nerve function to the feet!
Maria Baraybar Lee (Denver, CO) on Sep 28, 2012
Acupuncturee is great for Neuropathy with or with out diabetes. Reflexology is another option you may need to consider.
Katherine Turner (Schertz, TX) on Sep 28, 2012
a good foot massage would help for sure as well as a little love and care from a foot scrub. doing a nightly massage yourself with a foot cream will help with the tinggling as you will be increasing the blood flow to your feet. make sure when you do a massage yourself that you go from your feet up to your legs to increase the flow. if you go from your leg down towards your feet you are going against the natrual blood flow of the body and you can possibly start to bruise. any other questions i will be happy to help as much as i can
Bill Rice (West Palm Beach, FL) on Sep 28, 2012
No one can tell what works best until the cause of the problem is uncovered. Neuropathy can come from diabetes, alcoholism, surgery or a disk problem. A competent physician will have you come in for a consultation and complete exam and perhaps send you out for tests if necessary to determine the cause. Acupuncture injection therapy with Vitamin B12 can be helpful for neuropathy.
Julie Deramo (Bellevue, WA) on Sep 28, 2012
Whenever there is surgery, the healed scar tissue cannot move and stretch as well as healthy tissue. Massage can help find where the constriction is, and to work tissue so the pressure on that nerve is relieved. You'll want someone who has several years in troubleshooting difficult pain problems and who understands the difficulty you are going through. Many massage therapists look to only relax the musculature. This is a case of where you not only want the muscles relaxed, you want the tissue that is entrapping the muscles to be treated by eradicating severe adhesions effectively. Julie Deramo Align Bodyworks