Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is a condition where nerve damage occurs in the peripheral nervous system due to diabetes. This condition usually affects the hands and feet and can be very debilitating
Signs and symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy
- Numbness, tingling, or pain in the feet, hands, and legs
- Muscle weakness or wasting of the feet and hands
- Loss of balance
- Disfigurement of the feet
- Dry feet
- Cracked skin
- Erectile dysfunction in men
- Vaginal dryness in women
- Weight loss
Our Doctor is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
Diagnosis of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
To diagnose diabetic peripheral neuropathy, a podiatrist or foot specialist will have to know the patient’s history and check for any signs or symptoms. The podiatrist will assess the situation, do some laboratory work, vascular testing and plan a treatment strategy.
Treatment for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
Treatment modalities include controlling blood sugar levels, nutritional supplements, pain relievers and possible surgery to release compressed nerves.
Preventive measures that can help avoid diabetic peripheral neuropathy include:
- Checking and keeping of blood sugar levels at a normal range
- Proper fitting shoes
- Avoid drinking of alcohol
- Quit smoking
- Good nutrition
- Healthy lifestyle
- Proper hygiene