What Is Diabetic Neuropathy?
Neuropathy, or nerve pain or damage to the peripheral nerves in the arms and legs, can be caused by diabetes due to the blood sugar imbalances in the body. More than 29 million Americans suffer from diabetes, and about half of those experience diabetic neuropathy as a result. Chronically high blood glucose can cause nerve damage, and, in the case of diabetes, this damage most often affects the legs and feet.
If you’re one of the many people who have experienced diabetic neuropathy, you’re no stranger to the symptoms that the condition can cause:
- Numbness in the legs and feet
- Tingling or an electric burning sensation in the legs and feet
- Pain in the lower extremities
- Inability to feel temperature changes
- Muscle weakness
- Reduced reflexes in the legs
More severe symptoms of diabetic neuropathy include:
- Problems with digestion
- Chronic infections
The lack of sensation in the legs and feet can also make you more prone to injury, and high blood glucose levels make wounds slow to heal. This can lead to chronic, non-healing wounds that require medical treatment.
Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment in Arlington, Fort Worth, Hurst & Mid-Cities
At Saint Camillus Medical Center, we offer a variety of diabetic foot treatments to patients in Hurst, Fort Worth, Arlington, and the surrounding areas. Treatments include education about diabetic foot care guidelines, diabetic shoes, and diabetic amputation prevention. In addition to your custom diabetic neuropathy treatment plan, we encourage you to play a role in your foot care by doing the following:
- Daily monitor your feet. By checking your feet each day for wounds, swelling, skin temperature, and other abnormalities, you can stay on top of your neuropathy and inform us of any changes in your condition.
- Take care of your feet. Loss of feeling in the feet can cause some people with diabetic neuropathy to neglect their feet when washing. However, maintaining good foot hygiene, wearing clean socks, keeping your feet dry, and always wearing the correct diabetic shoes can help to maintain the health of your feet.
Diabetic Foot Pain – Our Hurst Podiatrists Can Help
Diabetic neuropathy can be an incapacitating condition. With managing your diabetes each day, the neuropathic effects of your disease may reduce your mobility and hinder you from sleeping, exercising, and participating in the activities you enjoy.
The first step toward treating and managing your diabetic foot pain is to seek a professional medical evaluation. The expert podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons at Saint Camillus Medical Center have extensive experience treating patients in the Arlington-Fort Worth area suffering from foot pain and chronic wounds associated with diabetes. We can evaluate the severity of your condition by performing a diabetic foot exam. Next, we can formulate a completely customized diabetic foot treatment plan based on your unique needs.