Nix Diabetic Neuropathy With Expert Footcare


Diabetes is common in the United States, and it affects millions worldwide. Yet despite the condition’s well-known nature, some of the complications it causes are still poorly understood. And one of those complications, diabetic neuropathy, can be particularly problematic. It’s a form of nerve damage that often begins in the feet, and as it progresses, it can spiral into pain, numbness, tingling, and other severe complications if left unchecked.

The team at Your Next Step wants to spread awareness about this condition as a part of our ongoing patient education efforts, and this blog will be one of the ways we achieve that goal. By understanding neuropathy’s characteristics and symptoms, as well as effective methods for managing it, you can protect your feet and maintain an active life. Read on to learn how.

Understanding Diabetic Neuropathy

  • Nerve Damage: High blood sugar levels injure nerves over time, leading to serious symptoms in the feet.
  • Varieties: There are different forms of diabetic neuropathy, but the most common kind affecting the lower extremities is peripheral neuropathy, which causes pain, numbness, and tingling.

Recognizing the Warning Signs

  • Burning, stabbing, or electric shock-like sensations in the feet, often worse at night.
  • Loss of feeling, particularly in the toes, soles, and bottom of the feet.
  • Difficulty walking or maintaining balance due to reduced muscle control.
  • Dry, cracked skin or thickened calluses are common, and they can increase the risk of infection and slow-healing wounds.

Taking Charge: Effective Management

  • Blood Sugar Control: Maintaining optimal blood sugar levels is crucial to prevent further nerve damage and alleviate symptoms.
  • Foot Care: Daily self-inspections for cuts, blisters, or changes in skin color are vital. Moisturize regularly and wear well-fitting shoes.
  • Protective Footwear: Diabetic shoes with proper padding prevent injuries and promote healing.
  • Pain Management: Medications like gabapentin or duloxetine can help manage pain, while topical creams may offer localized relief.
  • Physical Therapy: Exercises can improve nerve function, balance, and strength, reducing fall risk.

Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, Dr. Aliza V. Eisen, and Dr. Cassandra Stache are experts in all forms of foot and ankle care, and they’d be pleased to treat any neuropathic complications you might be facing. Schedule an appointment by contacting Your Next Step Foot and Ankle Care Center in Greater Philadelphia today!

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