Peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage, is one of the most common complications of diabetes, and it can lead to more serious health problems, including foot ulcers. At Local Foot Doc, in Brooklyn and Queens, New York, board-certified podiatrist Waldemar Majdanski, DPM, FACFAS, and his team of doctors can help you better manage peripheral neuropathy in your feet and ankles. For your convenience, there are two offices in Brooklyn and locations in the Queens neighborhoods of Woodhaven, Forest Hills, and Astoria. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone.
Peripheral neuropathy is one of the most common complications of diabetes, affecting around half of the people with the condition. It’s the main cause of foot problems for people with diabetes.
Peripheral neuropathy results from damage to the peripheral nerves, which connect your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body, controlling sensation, movement, and motor coordination. It causes numbness, pain, and weakness, usually in your feet, legs, or hands.
Diabetes affects your body’s ability to regulate your blood sugar. Chronically high blood sugar affects your circulation and damages your nerves.
Peripheral neuropathy is manageable, but without treatment, the nerve damage can become irreversible and lead to more serious complications, including ulcers and infections.
Foot and ankle symptoms of diabetic neuropathy vary, but commonly include:
When you have peripheral neuropathy, it usually affects both feet.
Schedule an appointment at Local Foot Doc as soon as possible if you have any of these symptoms. Early intervention is key to improving your symptoms and preventing further nerve damage.
Though there’s no way to reverse nerve damage from peripheral neuropathy, early intervention can halt further damage and prevent your symptoms from getting worse. The earlier you get treatment for peripheral neuropathy, the better.
It’s crucial to manage your diabetes and keep your blood sugar levels under control. Weight loss, exercise, and diet, as well as medication, may be necessary to stabilize your blood sugar. While you’re managing your diabetes, it’s also necessary to take good care of your feet.
Neuropathy increases your risk of foot complications, especially foot ulcers. Because diabetes affects your circulation, cuts heal slowly, and neuropathy reduces the sensation in your feet, you may not know when you have a cut because you don’t feel it.
As a result, even small breaks in your skin can lead to serious infections, so it’s important to inspect your feet daily for any potential cuts and to keep them clean.
To relieve the symptoms of neuropathy and maintain function in your feet, your doctor may recommend or prescribe pain relief medications. Your doctor can also inject a local anesthetic into the affected nerves.
For help managing diabetic neuropathy, schedule an appointment at Local Foot Doc online or over the phone.