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What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

feet 4346329 640Do you have diabetes? Are you experiencing numbness or tingling in your feet? You may have peripheral neuropathy, which is nerve damage in the extremities that is often caused by chronically elevated blood glucose levels. Up to 70% of diabetics end up developing peripheral neuropathy, which can lead to debilitating circumstances if left unchecked, so it is important to be aware of the symptoms and ways to prevent it.

What are symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy?

Early symptoms include:

  • Numbness

  • Tingling

  • Burning

  • Pins and needles

  • Sensitivity to touch

Long term nerve damage can result in:

  • Muscle weakness

  • Loss of balance

  • Loss of sensation

  • Increased risk for ulcers and infections

How do you treat peripheral neuropathy?

Aside from prescription medications, nutritional supplements, injection therapies, and other procedures to treat the discomfort associated with neuropathy, the most important aspect of treatment is to manage blood glucose levels and prevent further damage. Regularly seeing a podiatrist is also vital to keep track of your foot health and risks for other diabetes-related conditions. 

The following are additional ways to manage neuropathy:

  • Regular exercise

  • Physical therapy to improve balance and muscle strength

  • Use of custom orthotics to correct abnormal foot mechanics

  • Wearing prescription shoes

  • Stop smoking

  • Stop alcohol consumption

  • Maintain healthy diet

  • Inspect feet daily for signs of injury

High-quality foot and ankle care

A partnership with a trusted foot care specialist is crucial to minimizing foot and ankle issues like ulcers and infections, so setting up regular visits is important. At New Jersey Foot & Ankle Centers, our dedicated team of podiatrists are specialists in diabetic foot care and provide comprehensive diabetic foot evaluations to create a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. Using extensive experience combined with state-of-the-art technologies, we deliver high-quality foot and ankle care to patients in the Oradell, NJ area.

We currently offer appointments through video conference and in office, following strict measures according to guidelines from the CDC, state, and local officials regarding COVID-19. So whether you are experiencing discomfort from neuropathy, plantar fasciitisbunionsfungal infections, or skin or nail issues, contact us at (201) 261-9445 or book online to schedule an appointment!

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