It’s Peripheral Neuropathy Awareness Week, and it’s time to shed light on this condition. An important first step is for patients to understand that due to peripheral neuropathy’s diverse range of symptoms and underlying causes, it is often mistaken for other ailments. Podiatry Center of New Jersey is here to set the record straight and make sure you’re better informed when it comes to peripheral neuropathy, as well as other conditions that present in similar ways.

Diabetic Neuropathy:

  1. Diabetic neuropathy occurs in individuals with diabetes when high blood sugar levels damage the nerves.
  2. While commonly misdiagnosed as peripheral neuropathy, individuals with diabetes should seek professional guidance to understand the cause of their specific symptoms.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome:

  1. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a condition characterized by compression of the tibial nerve in the ankle, leading to symptoms similar to peripheral neuropathy, such as numbness, tingling, and burning pain in the foot.
  2. While both conditions can cause foot discomfort, tarsal tunnel syndrome typically presents with pain localized to the ankle and inner side of the foot, while peripheral neuropathy may involve multiple areas of the feet and hands.


  1. Sciatica is caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, leading to radiating pain, numbness, and tingling sensations that often extend from the lower back down the leg.
  2. Although sciatica primarily affects the lower back and legs, it can sometimes be mistaken for peripheral neuropathy, especially when symptoms occur in the feet and toes.

Vitamin Deficiencies:

  1. Certain vitamin deficiencies, such as vitamin B12 deficiency, can cause peripheral neuropathy-like symptoms, including numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hands and feet.
  2. While vitamin deficiencies can mimic peripheral neuropathy, addressing the underlying nutrient deficiency through supplementation or dietary changes can help alleviate symptoms.

If you’re experiencing numbness, tingling, or pain in your hands or feet, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional for a thorough evaluation and proper diagnosis. Understanding the exact cause is the best way to find answers and start a treatment plan. The expert team at Podiatry Center of New Jersey can help guide you toward solutions and relief. Give us a call at (973) 925-4111 or make an appointment online.