More than 29 million Americans suffer from diabetes, and about half of those experience diabetic neuropathy as a result. Neuropathy, or nerve pain or damage to the peripheral nerves in the arms and legs, can be caused by diabetes due to the blood sugar imbalances in the body. Chronically high blood glucose can cause nerve damage and, in the case of diabetes, this damage most often affects the legs and feet.
If you’re one of the many people who have experienced diabetic neuropathy, you’re no stranger to the symptoms that the condition can cause:
- Numbness in the legs and feet
- Tingling or an electric burning sensation in the legs and feet
- Pain in the lower extremities
- Inability to feel temperature changes
- Muscle weakness
- Reduced reflexes in the legs
More severe symptoms of diabetic neuropathy include problems with digestion, ulcers, and chronic infections. The reduced lack of sensation in the legs and feet can also make you more prone to injury, and high blood glucose levels make wounds slower to heal. This can lead to chronic, non-healing wounds that require medical treatment.
Diabetic Foot Pain – Our Dallas Podiatrists Can Help
Diabetic neuropathy can be a debilitating condition. Not only are you trying to manage your diabetes each day, but the additional neuropathic effects of your disease may be reducing your mobility and preventing you from sleeping, exercising, and enjoying the activities you love.
The first step toward treating and managing your diabetic foot pain is to seek a professional medical evaluation. The expert podiatrists at Texas Foot and Ankle Group have extensive experience treating patients in the Dallas-Fort Worth area suffering from foot pain and chronic wounds associated with diabetes. We can evaluate the severity of your condition by performing a diabetic foot exam. Next, we can formulate a completely customized diabetic foot treatment plan based on your unique needs.
Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment in Dallas, Fort Worth & Grapevine
At Texas Foot and Ankle Group, we offer a variety of diabetic foot treatments to patients in Dallas, Fort Worth, Grapevine, and the surrounding areas. Treatments include education about diabetic foot care guidelines, diabetic shoes, and diabetic amputation prevention. In addition to your custom diabetic neuropathy treatment plan, we encourage you to play a role in your foot care by doing the following:
- Pay close attention to your feet. By checking your feet each day for wounds, swelling, skin temperature, and other abnormalities, you can stay on top of your neuropathy and inform us of any changes in your condition.
- Maintain good foot hygiene. Loss of feeling in the feet can cause some people with diabetic neuropathy to neglect their feet when washing. However, maintaining good foot hygiene, wearing clean socks, keeping your feet dry, and always wearing the correct diabetic shoes can help to maintain the health of your feet.