What Is Diabetic Neuropathy (And What Can I Do About It)?

Diabetic neuropathy is the numbness, pain, and weakness that develops in your feet because of nerve damage. When the nerves that travel to the feet are no longer sending or receiving adequate messages from the brain, neuropathy develops. 

In diabetes, uncontrolled high blood sugar interferes with your nerves’ ability to send signals. High blood sugar can also weaken the walls of the small blood vessels that are essential to providing nutrients and oxygen to your nerves. The resulting damage means you get the symptoms of neuropathy and possible long-term damage to your feet and health.

At Go Feet, Dr. Stuart Honick and his team understand the challenges diabetic neuropathy poses to your overall health, especially the health of your feet. We can help men and women in the Hammonton, Linwood, and Mays Landing areas of New Jersey manage the condition and prevent complications.

Symptoms of neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy first shows up in the feet and legs, but can extend to your arms and hands. You may first notice neuropathy as numbness and an inability to feel changes in temperature or pain. Other signs of diabetic neuropathy include:

Diabetic neuropathy can also make it so ulcers and infections won’t heal. This can lead to such serious complications that amputation is required. At Go Feet, we want to help you prevent these serious effects of diabetic neuropathy. 

Management of neuropathy

Know that smoking exacerbates diabetic neuropathy. A number one step in preventing and managing the condition is to quit the habit. Another major way to tackle the condition is to keep close tabs on your blood sugar to ensure it’s consistently within target range. Whenever your blood sugar shifts, it can hasten nerve damage. Test daily, and go in for regular A1C tests as prescribed by your diabetic specialist.

At Go Feet, we can also help you take good care of your feet. This helps prevent complications of neuropathy associated with infection and poor healing. Schedule at least one comprehensive foot exam a year. At home, give your feet daily attention by:

It’s best for you to wear shoes or slippers – some sort of foot covering – to prevent cuts or other injury. Your shoes should let your toes move around and not be too tight. We can help you find just the right pair. 

If you have diabetes, your chances of developing neuropathy are great. Take pristine care of your health and your feet to prevent this complication or minimize its effects on your body. Call the office of Go Feet, or schedule an appointment using this online tool for assistance in preventing neuropathy from turning into a more serious condition.

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