Small fiber Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition that affects many, many people and targets the small nerves of the body. Often, the issue can present itself first in the feet, but is known to travel up the body if left undiagnosed, and can affect the hands, torso and even the face.
This disease specifically relates to the small diameter myelinated and non-myelinated nerve fibers, commonly referred to as the “small nerve fibers of the skin,” as opposed to the large nerves found around the body.
Common complaints of Small Fiber Peripheral Neuropathy can include tingling, burning, and numbness – to name a few. Though, one of the classic issues with SFPN is that the symptoms may not be readily obvious. In fact, many with SFPN go undiagnosed because standard testing can lead to diagnostic confusion. This is why it’s important to get treated by a podiatrist who offers Epidermal Nerve Fiber Density Testing.