Burning Pain Treatment in Sioux Falls

Jan couldn’t understand why her feet burned. There were no injuries that could account for the pain. At first, she thought it was her shoes, but replacing them didn’t eliminate the discomfort. She still had hours of work left before she could go home, but even that thought wasn’t as comforting as it once was.

She plunked down at her desk, removed her shoes, and put her feet up. But even that only brought partial relief. Her feet were hypersensitive to touch. Some nights, the sensitivity was so heightened that even the slight pressure of the bed sheet felt like too much. She didn’t know what to do.

Does Jan’s story sound familiar? If so, you may be experiencing the effects of peripheral neuropathy. What is peripheral neuropathy? Will it go away? What can you do to find relief?

Peripheral Neuropathy

The body is like a supercomputer. The brain sends electrical impulses through nerves to keep your heart beating, lungs breathing, and gut digesting food. They activate muscles so we can move, blink our eyes, and speak.

Nerves don’t just work one way, however. Each sends constant feedback to the brain so the brain can make adjustments where necessary. Nerves transmit signals about encounters with light, color, sound, temperature, pressure, friction, and injury.

The nerves travel from the base of the skull down through the spinal column, branching out to your organs, muscles, and skin until everything is connected. Nerves traveling away from the spine are called peripheral nerves. Neuropathy is nerve damage. Peripheral neuropathy is damage to the nerves radiating out to the extremities, and damage is often noticed in the feet first.

Peripheral Neuropathy

What Causes Nerve Damage?

Unfortunately, there are many causes of neuropathy. The key to figuring out which burning pain treatment you need is assessing the root cause of the damage.

Nerves need oxygen, nutrients, unrestricted range of motion, and structural stability to thrive. You mess with any element, and you get nerve damage. Damaged nerves can’t signal normally, and signals get interpreted as burning feet, pain, tingling, numbness, hypersensitivity, or perceived temperature changes. Causes include:

What Causes Nerve Damage?
  • Diabetes: Elevated blood glucose levels damage blood vessels that feed nerves nutrients and oxygen.
  • Nicotine: Nicotine constricts blood vessels, limiting blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients.
  • Myelin deterioration: Myelin is the insulating sheath surrounding nerves. Toxins and autoimmune disorders like Lupus or Guillain-Barré syndrome can cause the myelin to deteriorate, leaving nerves exposed.
  • Trauma: Trauma to any of the nerves can cause temporary or permanent damage.
  • Alcohol: Drinking excess alcohol leads to vitamin B deficiencies. Vitamin B is essential for healthy myelin sheaths. Excessive alcohol can also damage the small blood vessels, feeding and oxygenating the nerves.
  • Nutritional Deficiencies: Vitamin B, copper, calcium, zinc, magnesium, and other nutrients are necessary for nerve health and functionality.
  • Genetics: Some genetic conditions cause nerve deterioration.
  • Infectious Disease: Infectious diseases like Lyme and shingles can also cause nerve damage.
  • Chemotherapy: While chemotherapy kills cancer cells, it does damage to healthy cells also. A common side effect is peripheral neuropathy.

Will It Go Away?

Correcting the underlying cause could lead to full regeneration if you catch neuropathy early enough. Of course, the longer the damage goes unchecked, the higher the likelihood of permanent damage.

Neuropathy Burning Feet Treatment in Sioux Falls


Your provider can diagnose your specific type of neuropathy with a thorough medical history and physical examination. Your doctor may also offer pertinent medical tests, if needed.

Once your provider understands the source of the damage, it’s time to move on to treatment for neuropathy and burning feet. When seeking treatment, it’s important to know that different branches of medicine attack the problem from different directions, but there are some common themes.

Common Approaches to Treatment:

  • Behavior: Any behaviors that lead to neuropathy should be corrected, if possible. Not all causes are behavioral, but diabetic patients can control blood sugar through diet, exercise, medication, and constant monitoring. Those with excessive alcohol intake must stop drinking to see improvement. The good news is these are conditions you can change.
Neuropathy Burning Feet Treatment in Sioux Falls
  • Exercise: Moderate exercise increases blood flow and oxygenation and can encourage new blood vessels to grow. The trick is finding a balance between enough exercise to provide benefits without overtaxing your system and causing stress and increased inflammation. Start small and work your way up until you find the right balance. As your overall health improves, you can do more over time.
  • Nutrition: A simple lifestyle analysis or even a blood test can tell you if you are deficient in any essential vitamins and minerals. Your provider can then tell you how to correct the problem safely. You’re generally safe with water-soluble vitamins, like vitamin C. You pass excess amounts through your urine. Fat-soluble vitamins, however, can build up in your system, and some can be toxic in large quantities. Your provider can recommend a supplement dosage based on your needs.
  • Traditional Medicine: Traditional medicine looks for a pharmaceutical solution. The most commonly used medicines are anti-seizure drugs, antidepressants, and serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors.

The problem with using drugs to treat nerve damage is that they don’t always address the root cause, meaning they mask the symptoms rather than fixing the damage. By ignoring the root cause, damage can progress. Drugs also come with side effects, as seen below.

Anti-seizure drugs.
  • Gabapentin (Gralise, Neurontin)
    Side effects: mood changes, clumsiness, continuous uncontrollable eye movements, drowsiness, chills, black and tarry stools, cough, fever, memory loss, chest pain, pain and swelling in arms and legs, sores in the mouth, sore throat, difficulty urinating, unusual bleeding.
  • Pregabalin (Lyrica)
    Side effects: weight gain, drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, confusion, dry mouth, dizziness, agitation, constipation, respiratory depression, anger, fear, depression, and violence.
  • Amitriptyline
    Side effects: weakness, nausea, vomiting, vivid dreams, changes in sex drive or ability, drowsiness, dry mouth, head pain, constipation, trouble urinating, blurred vision, burning or tingling in hands and feet, weight gain, heavy sweating, confusion, and unsteadiness on feet.
  • Desipramine (Norpramin).
    Side effects: blurred vision, confusion, gut pain, nausea, throwing up, cough, dizziness, convulsions, loss of coordination, racing heartbeat, anxiety, inability to move or speak, uncontrolled muscle movement, loss of appetite, incontinence, unsteady walking, hallucinations, nightmares, restlessness, rash, fever, sweating, swelling, yellow eyes and skin.
  • Nortriptyline (Pamelor)
    Side effects: redness in the face, neck, chest, and arms, increased risk for heart attack or stroke, pounding or uneven heartbeat, cold sweats, agitation, confusion, blurry vision, dizziness, chest pain, tinnitus, hallucinations, paranoia, inability to move or speak, difficulty urinating, hostility, difficulty breathing, loss of balance, uncontrolled muscle movement, loss of consciousness, slurred speech, panic, swollen lymph glands, sores in the mouth, seizures.
Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
  • Venlafaxine (Effexor XR).
    Side effects: decreased sex drive, difficulty ejaculating, inability to orgasm, impotence, head pain, weakness, blurred vision, uneven heartbeat, chest pain, mood swings, suicidal thoughts, lightheadedness, tinnitus (ringing in ears), incontinence, rash.
  • Duloxetine (Cymbalta, Drizalma Sprinkle)
    Side effects: bad-smelling breath, rash, blisters or peeling skin, blindness, blurred vision, dizziness, fainting, chest pain, elevated heart rate, confusion, cold sweat, difficulty swallowing, thirst, reduced urine output, joint and muscle pain, red skin lesions, vomiting blood, yellow eyes and skin, weakness, hive-like swelling (of the face, tongue, throat, extremities, or sex organs).

Medicating neuropathy masks the symptoms with potentially harmful substances, and it keeps you from getting to the source of the problem.

Nerve Pain Treatment

Our Approach

Axiom Chiropractic & Neuropathy specializes in nerve pain treatment. It helps people experiencing burning feet in Sioux Falls. We find non-invasive and healthy solutions for every client. We go after the source of nerve damage for lasting results without side effects.

First, we find the source of burning pain in feet and hands through a thorough investigation. There can be more than one factor working against you, and to properly treat you, we need the whole picture. We don’t believe in cookie-cutter treatments; every patient has a unique set of challenges that demand personalized solutions.

Next, we create custom treatment plans based on your needs. Our clients benefit from several treatment modalities, including innovative technology and science-backed solutions to create a healthy and healing internal environment.

Treating neuropathy is much like treating a sick plant. The plant can heal itself once you give it the proper amount of sunlight, water, warmth, nutrients, and fresh air. So we:

  1. Encourage blood vessel repair and regeneration
  2. Increase blood, oxygen, and nutrient flow to starving nerves
  3. Identify malnutrition issues to encourage nerve conductivity and regeneration
  4. Ease discomfort

We’re also conscious of your budget and time. Rather than keeping you returning to the office multiple times a week, we are sometimes able to offer at-home options for burning feet pain treatment. That way, you can accelerate treatment from the comfort of your home. That means less expense and hassle for you. We help you achieve wellness in the most efficient and economical way possible.


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