Facts About Diabetic Nerve Pain
Diabetic neuropathy is a common and serious complication of diabetes that affects the nerves, particularly in the legs and feet. Symptoms include numbness and tingling, often starting in the feet and spreading. Other indications of diabetic neuropathy are burning or sharp pain at night, muscle weakness that can impede walking or moving, and loss of balance, which increases the risk of falls. In some patients, skin changes, such as dry or cracked skin, and slow wound healing are common. Causes of diabetic neuropathy include uncontrolled blood sugar levels that can gradually damage nerves, and inflammation that harms nerve fibers. Diabetes can lead to poor circulation because of restricted blood flow to the feet. A family history of neuropathy may increase the risk, and smoking and overuse of alcohol can worsen nerve damage in diabetics. If you are experiencing diabetic neuropathy symptoms in the lower extremities, it is suggested that you make regular appointments with a podiatrist to monitor their progress.
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 one of our podiatrists from Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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:
- 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.
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 our offices located in Mount Pleasant and Charleston, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.