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Diabetic Patients and Neuropathy

Tuesday, 13 June 2023 00:00

Neuropathy affects the nerves throughout the body, including the feet, and it can cause the inability to feel pain in the soles of the feet. Many people who have this condition are unable to feel if their feet are hot or cold, and they may have a consistent tingling or numbing sensation. People who are diabetic can develop neuropathy which can lead to serious consequences as wounds can develop on the bottom of the feet that are not noticed. Untreated wounds in these patients may lead to getting foot ulcers, and it is imperative the bottom of the feet are checked daily. Patients who are afflicted with neuropathy may have difficulty walking, balance may be affected, and it may possibly lead to falling. If you have this condition, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can guide you toward proper management techniques.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with the podiatrists  from Dr. Siegerman & Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Drexel Hill and West Chester, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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