What Is Neuropathy?
What Is Neuropathy?
posted: Feb. 27, 2023.
When you’re dealing with diabetes, it can affect many parts of your body. One way you might be affected is with neuropathy. Neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that affects the limbs and often will cause a tingling, numbness in your hands and feet. Dr. Eric Arp at Arp Foot and Ankle Clinic in both Mountain Home and Harrison clinic locations, can explain what neuropathy is and why it’s important to be able to identify if you’re dealing with it.
What is Neuropathy?
When you’re dealing with diabetes, you run the risk of developing neuropathy. Neuropathy is known as nerve damage and often develops slowly over time. Neuropathy can affect your ability to feel pain and sensations in your limbs. This is what makes foot care so important when you have diabetes.
If you’re dealing with neuropathy, it’s important to talk to your podiatrist in Mountain Home and Harrison, AR, to develop a plan to deal with any infections that may occur. Because of this loss of sensation, you might not notice when you’re dealing with an open wound on your foot. Open wounds can lead to infection, which can cause the loss of a foot or leg.
Neuropathy is most common in patients who have poorly managed diabetes but can happen to anyone. It’s important to be able to identify the neuropathy and be able to treat any of the symptoms that you might experience. This could mean making lifestyle changes to monitor your blood sugar levels and using medications to help relieve certain symptoms.
Contact Your Podiatrist Today
Find out how to manage your neuropathy. Contact Dr. Eric Arp at Arp Foot and Ankle Clinic in Mountain Home and Harrison, AR, to learn more about neuropathy and if you might be dealing with it. Call for more information and to schedule an appointment today at (870) 425-7363 for the office in Mountain Home, AR, and (870) 365-3668 for the office in Harrison, AR.