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Sock-Like Sensation

Phantom sensations can occur all over the body and are not usually cause for concern if they disappear just as quickly as they’ve arrived. An ongoing feeling that you have socks on when your feet are bare is a more serious concern, and can be a sign of peripheral neuropathy. This sock-like sensation can be painful or numb. Some patients report a tight feeling around the skin, with or without a physical cause of swelling in the feet.

If you have any of the above described symptoms call today to talk to one of our medical team members and schedule your free consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What other symptoms commonly occur with peripheral neuropathy?

Pain in the feet or hands is one of the most common problems reported by patients we see for neuropathy treatment. Other issues like tingling, numbness, tightness or buzzing are also common. Some symptoms are spontaneous or ongoing, which are known as paresthesias. If you only experience these symptoms due to stimulus like temperature or pressure, doctors will usually refer to them as dysesthesias. Determining which type of sensation you are experiencing will go a long way to finding the cause of the problem.

Why do doctors often overlook neuropathy?

This umbrella term is not a definite diagnosis on its own, so most doctors focus on discovering the underlying cause first. About 30% of people experiencing these kinds of symptoms have idiopathic neuropathy, which means there is no specific cause. This means that only symptom management is possible. Many doctors have had little experience with the disorder, so they simply do not think of it.

What types of tests are used to diagnose the condition?

We use a range of diagnostic options at Advanced Health and Rehabilitation Center to determine if you are suffering from neuropathy or another serious issue. Our tests can complement the efforts of your other health care providers. Common tests include:

  • Nutritional / Blood tests to rule out autoimmune disorders and vitamin deficiencies.
  • Physical examination to determine the extent of the nerve damage and any potential skin damage that could be causing it.
  • Reflex testing to pinpoint the areas where nerves are compressed or pinched.
  • Pinpoint sensation testing to determine what range of nerves is most affected.
  • Nerve conductivity tests that show where damage is most prevalent.

Why is a sock-like sensation a cause for concern?

Faint phantom feelings are often the first sign of much larger problems to come. Seeking prompt treatment when you first develop numbness or tingling in the extremities may prevent serious pain and weakness from developing.

What are the most common causes of peripheral neuropathy?

Many conditions that create a sock-like sensation on the feet are permanent conditions that you must cope with rather than curing. The most common causes we treat at our center include:

  • Diabetes: Well over half of all diabetes patients report neuropathy symptoms as part of their daily struggle.
  • Physical Damage: A serious injury to the spine or legs can leave the nerves of the feet very sensitive to the slightest touch. One common form of physically induced neuropathy is Sciatica, in which the main nerves of the lower back are compressed until they cause numbness and pain throughout the feet. The cause could be located anywhere where peripheral nerves run through or around a joint.
  • Alcohol Abuse: Long-term alcoholism can cause numbing and other uncomfortable sensations in the hands and feet.
  • Genetics: Some conditions leading to neuropathy are inherited.
  • Slipped Discs: The spinal discs often bulge when poor posture or injury knocks the spine out of proper alignment. Many nerves around the spine are susceptible to pressure from these swelling discs.

How can I relieve the sensation of phantom socks?

At Advanced Health and Rehabilitation Center, we create custom plans for our patients that combine office treatments with lifestyle adjustments. We hope to revitalize your nerves and adjust your entire system to maximize pain relief without invasive or risky procedures. Our conservative treatment plans will take into consideration any other health issues you are struggling with. This is especially important if neuropathy is just one of the diabetes complications you are experiencing.

Advanced Health and Rehabilitation Center is happy to help you slip out of those invisible socks or gloves. Call us at (252) 375-3170 or fill out our brief contact form to schedule your consultation. Seeking treatment with us could put an end to the pain or discomfort interrupting your life.