Arizona Foot & Ankle Specialists
Podiatric Medicine and Surgery located in Goodyear, AZ
If you have nerve damage issues, including muscle weakness and tingling, it might be time to consider neurological testing and get started on a personalized treatment plan. As a leading board-certified podiatrist, Samuel W. Cox Jr., DPM, performs noninvasive neurological testing right in the office at Arizona Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC in Goodyear, Arizona. Find out more by booking an evaluation online or over the phone today.
Neurological Testing Q & A
Why do I need neurological testing?
Neurological testing involves undergoing a series of non- and minimally invasive screenings to evaluate the health and functioning of your nervous system. Your podiatrist could recommend neurological testing if you experience:
- Muscle weakness
- Poor balance
- Blood sugar fluctuations
- Sharp, throbbing, or burning pain
- Tingling or prickling sensations
These are just some of the warning signs and symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy and similar nerve problems caused by infections, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, or other issues.
How does neurological testing work?
Properly diagnosing nerve damage requires a series of tests and evaluations to determine the extent of your nerve damage and which types of treatments may be right for you. Your podiatrist at Arizona Foot & Ankle Specialists may:
- Perform a blood test to check for infections or nutrient deficiencies
- Evaluate your previous medical history and current symptoms
- Perform a comprehensive evaluation and manipulate your limbs
- Assess your range of motion and joint extension
- Check your reflexes and muscle strength
- Observe you walk and stand
Part of neurological testing often involves assessing your nerve sensations by placing a vibrating tuning fork on various parts of your feet and lower legs.
Depending on the outcome of these in-office screenings, your podiatrist may also recommend an electrodiagnostic test to evaluate electrical activity. This screening, known as electromyography, involves inserting a thin electrode into a muscle to measure electrical activity during contractions.
What do my neurological test results mean?
If your podiatrist at Arizona Foot & Ankle Specialists finds that any portion of your neurological testing is abnormal — if you have numb areas, for instance — they sit and talk with you about your diagnosis. Abnormal results could indicate peripheral or diabetic neuropathy, or similar type of nerve disorder.
Arizona Foot & Ankle Specialists providers are dedicated to ensuring you’re involved in every step of your neurological testing. They spend time educating you about your results and counseling you about treatment options, which may include transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) or regenerative medicine.
If you’re in need of neurological testing, contact Arizona Foot & Ankle Specialists today. Request an appointment online or call the office to find out more information.