Peripheral neuropathy, a result of damage to your peripheral nerves, often causes weakness, numbness, and pain, usually in the hands and feet. It may also affect other areas of your body.
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include:
Foot and ankle pain
inflammation of the knees, calves, or shoulders
Limited range of movement
Numbness and tingling
Weakness or tremors
Headaches and migraines
Your peripheral nervous system sends information from your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) to the rest of your body. Peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes, and exposure to toxins.
People with peripheral neuropathy generally describe the pain as stabbing or burning. Often, there’s tingling. In many cases, symptoms improve, especially if caused by a treatable underlying condition.