Diabetic neuropathy is a serious type of nerve damage that occurs with diabetes, affecting 50% of those with the disease. For some individuals, symptoms are mild but can be more painful for others. If you are experiencing diabetic neuropathy, reach out to the specialists at Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates today to get started on treatment options.
Diabetic neuropathy most often affects the legs and feet — this is known as peripheral neuropathy. However, it is not limited to this area. It can also affect the hands, digestive system, heart and urinary tract.
The most common form of diabetic neuropathy is peripheral neuropathy, affecting the feet and legs before the hands and arms.
Some signs you may have diabetic neuropathy in your feet include:
With diabetes, uncontrolled high blood sugar can damage nerves and interfere with signal sending. Consistently high blood sugar can also diminish the walls of the body’s small blood vessels, which supply nerves with oxygen.
Anyone with diabetes has a chance of developing neuropathy, but there are a few risk factors that can increase the likelihood.
Once nerve damage has been established, there aren’t any treatments that can effectively reverse the disease. However, you can do several things to keep your feet healthy and manage pain. To treat nerve damage, you will need to keep your blood glucose levels in a healthy range and protect your feet from further damage.
Foot diabetic neuropathy can be directly managed through medication. This treatment can relieve your pain and reduce symptoms of burning, tingling and numbness.
In general, there are some things you can do to prevent diabetic neuropathy from forming in the first place.