Do You Have Peripheral Neuropathy?

9 Feb

diabetic patient with peripheral neuropathy

Do you ever wake-up at night because your feet are on fire? Have you been experiencing different sensations in your feet? Are you tired of your overly dry feet?

If you said yes, chances are you may be experiencing symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. Some of the most common symptoms are burning, tingling, numbness, pain or weakness in the legs and/or the feet.

These sensations can be explained as damage to the nerves, most commonly the nerves to the skin. The most common cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes with others being alcoholism, chemotherapy, various drugs, AIDS or even lack of nutrition.

Diabetic neuropathy is due to consistently higher levels of sugar in the blood.  The sugar accumulates in the nerve and ultimately disrupts the signals that are traveling through the nerves from the feet to the brain. These disrupted signals are primarily the cause of the various sensations such as burning in the feet. If left untreated overall sensation in the feet and legs could be lost.

The best treatment of diabetic neuropathy is to control the sugar levels in the blood. However if your sugars are under control and you still experience symptoms there are other treatments available such as oral medications or creams that may provide some relief. If these treatments do not work other options will be discussed.

If you think you may be suffering with diabetic neuropathy come and see us. We will do a full diabetic foot exam, testing all the sensations in the feet, the circulation and overall foot health. Come on in and start relieving the pain today.

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