Do your feet burn at night, keeping you up?
Do you have tingling and numbness in your feet?
Have you given up on treating painful diabetic neuropathy in Moon Twp?
We can help!
You don't have to live with burning foot pain.
What is diabetic neuropathy?
Diabetics often get what is called "stocking-gloves" neuropathy. This is a numbness tingling or pain starting at the tips of fingers and toes and working its way up if not controlled.
At first, you may not even notice it happening. But if you are a type 1 or type 2 diabetic and you let your blood sugar remain uncontrolled, you will get diabetic neuropathy.
While you may think numbness is no big deal, the results of NOT being able to feel small injuries can have BIG consequences.
Nerve damage may make you unable to feel cuts scrapes, or even splinters until its too late and infection has occurred. Then because diabetes has a negative affect on your ability to heal wounds, a small scrapes can lead to hospitalization, surgery, and even amputation.
What are the different types of diabetic neuropathy
numb tingling hands and feet
dry skin, loss of sweating, hair loss
What causes diabetic neuropathy?
Prolonged high blood sugar, caused by poor diets and improper medication
How is diabetic neuropathy diagnosed?
Your podiatrist can do a physical exam that tests protective sensation with a 5.07 Semmes Weinstein filament, in minutes in the office
For more in depth information, an EMG or nerve conduction study will be ordered when appropriate
How is diabetic neuropathy treated?
The treatment plan is very individualized depending on the patient
Topical creams, Vitamin B pills, many others
Have some one or use a mirror to check the bottom of your feet daily
always wear protective shoe gear
dry your feet after bathing -especially between the toes
See your podiatrist regularly
Can I prevent diabetic neuropathy?
Keep "white" out of your diet- white sugar, white flour, desserts, juices, pops, anything with high fructose corn syrup
The most recent studies suggest 15 minute walks after each meal do more to lower blood sugar than one large walk. It's also easier on your body.
See Your Podiatrist regularly and don't wait when small problems appear.