What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy is caused by damaged peripheral nerves. This damage can be caused by infection, injury, genetics, and metabolic issues, but the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes.
What Does Peripheral Neuropathy Feel Like?
People who experience peripheral neuropathy often experience pain in their feet but may also describe it as a burning feeling. It sometimes feels as if your feet are asleep. It is often worse at night when you are laying down. Depending on the severity of the neuropathy and the nerves involved, symptoms can continue to get worse, eventually moving beyond the feet, causing muscle weakness, and sensitivity to touch.
The Diabetes Connection
More than half of all people who develop diabetes will also suffer from peripheral neuropathy. If you notice unusual pain, tingling, or numbness, you should see a physical right away.
Should I See My Doctor?
Seek medical care right away if you notice unusual tingling, weakness or pain in your hands or feet. Early diagnosis and treatment offer the best chance for controlling your symptoms and preventing further damage to your peripheral nerves.
Diabetic Food Care
If your peripheral neuropathy is a result of diabetes, it is likely to continue to become worse. One of the dangers to diabetics is that the numbness in the feet becomes so severe that you experience injuries to your feet. You may develop sores or ulcers that can develop into serious infection. Managing peripheral neuropathy is as important as managing your blood glucose levels.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and would like to learn more about diabetic foot care, request an appointment with us today. Our friendly and accommodating staff provides prompt and punctual service and is dedicated to providing high-end, compassionate podiatric care. At Northeastern Foot & Ankle, board-certified podiatrist Dr. Khoury takes the time to carefully listen to and understand your medical and cosmetic concerns, recommending and providing the most appropriate treatment options paired with innovative and emerging technologies to help meet your podiatric needs. Call 973.473.6665 or scroll to the top of the page to request an appointment.