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Be able to spot the telltale symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.
If you have diabetes, it’s important that you get your blood sugar levels under control through lifestyle changes and medication. Around 34 million Americans have diabetes, and 1 in 5 of them don’t even know they have it, according to the CDC. Unfortunately, if high blood sugar levels persist this can lead to a condition known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy, which can cause nerve damage in the feet, arms, and hands.
You should visit our Harrison, AR, podiatrists right away if you notice these symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy,
- A numbness, tingling, or burning sensation in the feet
- Sudden cramping or a zapping, electric-like shooting pain
- Changes in the shape or structure of your feet (a common deformity is a hammertoe, which causes the toes to curl downward like a claw)
- Poor balance, often caused by a lack of sensation in the feet
- Sensitivity to hot or cold, or feet that are cold for no reason
Those with diabetic peripheral neuropathy will often report that their symptoms are worse at night, which can make it difficult to get a good night’s rest. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, we know that it can be scary, but it’s important that you visit our Harrison and Mountain Home, AR, podiatrist right away. By working together with our podiatry team and your regular physician we can find a treatment plan that helps to prevent further nerve damage while managing your current symptoms.
How do I treat diabetic peripheral neuropathy?
While this condition is not reversible, there are different options available to you to help treat your symptoms. Simple lifestyle changes can improve your diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Some lifestyle changes include,
- Avoiding smoking, tobacco products, and alcohol
- Eating a healthy balanced diet and treating any vitamin deficiencies that might be present (have your doctor run a blood test to check for vitamin deficiencies)
- Making sure that you inspect your feet every day to look for redness, swelling, sores, ulcers, cuts, or other problems that could lead to an infection (make sure you visit your podiatrist right away for treatment if you notice any of these issues)
- Make sure that you are getting regular physical activity, which can improve balance and reduce pain and cramping
The key to preventing peripheral neuropathy from getting worse is to make sure that you have a doctor who is providing you with the medication you need to get your blood sugar under control. Certain medications such as antidepressants and anti-seizure medications may also be prescribed by your doctor to alleviate nerve pain.
If you are living with diabetes here in Harrison or Mountain Home, AR, it’s important that you have a podiatrist that you can always turn to for checkups and care. To schedule a consultation with us, call ARP Foot & Ankle Clinic at (870) 365-3668 or (870) 425-7363.
People with diabetes are prone to foot problems, often developing from a combination of poor circulation and nerve damage. Damage to the nerves in the legs and feet diminishes skin sensation, making it difficult to detect or notice pain or temperature changes. A minor sore or scrape on your foot may get infected simply because you don't know it is there. A decrease in blood flow makes it difficult for these injuries to heal. And when a wound isn't healing, it's at risk for infection. Left untreated, minor foot injuries can result in ulceration and even amputation.
Foot Care for Diabetics
Simple daily foot care can help prevent serious health problems associated with diabetes.
At Arp Foot & Ankle Clinic, we recommend the following tips for keeping your feet healthy and preventing foot complications:
- Wash feet daily. Keep feet clean with mild soap and lukewarm water, and dry thoroughly.
- Moisturize. Moisturize daily to keep dry skin from cracking, and avoid putting lotion between your toes as this may cause infection.
- Trim your toenails carefully. Cut straight across, avoiding the corners; visit our office for assistance
- Never treat corns or calluses on your own. Visit your podiatrist for treatment.
- Protect your feet from hot and cold.
- Keep the blood flowing in your feet and legs. Elevate your feet when sitting; don't sit cross-legged; and stay active.
- Inspect your feet every day. Check your feet for cuts, redness, swelling and nail problems. Contact Arp Foot & Ankle Clinic if you notice anything unusual- even the slightest change.
- Avoid Smoking. Smoking restricts blood flow in the feet
- Wear comfortable, supportive shoes and never walk barefoot
- Visit Arp Foot & Ankle Clinic for regular exams. Seeing a podiatrist at our Mountain Home office regularly can help prevent diabetic foot problems.
At Arp Foot & Ankle Clinic, we understand that living with diabetes can be challenging. Let's discuss simple ways you can reduce your risk of foot injuries. We'll work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and gets you back on your feet so you can enjoy the things you love. Remember to inspect your feet every day. If you detect an injury- no matter how small- come in for an exam right away.