Nerve Problems (Neuropathy)
Nerve problems in the feet or legs are something that we frequently see patients for in our office. High glucose levels in diabetes patients damages the nerve fibers throughout the body. Damaged nerves that are a result of diabetes result in a condition called a diabetic neuropathy. In most cases diabetic neuropathy affects nerves in your legs and feet. This is called peripheral neuropathy.
Diabetic neuropathy symptoms include tingling and numbness, but the predominant symptom is a great deal of pain. If you can’t feel your feet due to numbness, you can often develop diabetic foot ulcers and other complications including swelling, bunions, corns, and calluses. There are treatment options available, we can treat your diabetic foot pain and also help you control your diabetes. If you think you might have neuropathy, don’t delay treatment as it could worsen with time or lead to other serious foot problems. Our West Palm Beach podiatrists, or podiatrists at any one of our locations, can provide a diagnosis and discuss a comprehensive treatment plan with you. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment today or request an appointment online.
What is Neuropathy
Neuropathy is a nerve problem resulting from nerve damage. Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage that is caused by diabetes. The high sugar levels in diabetes patients often lead to nerve damage. Peripheral neuropathy occurs when a patient incurs nerve damage in the feet. Diabetic foot pain is common, so is tingling and numbness. These symptoms often cause diabetic foot ulcers and other complications related to diabetic neuropathy. Keeping a close eye on your feet and checking them daily for sores is an important part of preventing more symptoms and complications from occurring.
Symptoms of Neuropathy
Diabetic neuropathy symptoms include tingling, numbness, pain, and even a burning sensation in the feet. These symptoms can often lead to other complications including diabetic foot ulcers; sores that develop from constant rubbing against shoes that is not felt because of the loss of feeling and numbness. This can be a dangerous complication because diabetes patients do not heal as quickly as normal.
Treatment for Neuropathy
Our doctors specialize in diabetic neuropathy treatment. Treatment includes pain management and healing any ulcers, cuts, or abrasions. Foot wear that fits properly, does not rub, and provides good support is a way to prevent diabetic foot ulcers and other complications from occurring or getting worse. Our doctors can also offer support to help you manage your diabetes and control your sugar levels. If your neuropathy worsens and other treatments have proven ineffective, we can also perform nerve decompression surgery to relieve this condition.
What should you expect when visiting the South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for nerve problems? No need to feel worried about your visit to the podiatrist. The South Florida Foot and Ankle Centers doctors’ first priority is to address your area of concern and make you feel comfortable. Diagnosing a condition like diabetic nerve damage is done with a variety of tests that evaluate your muscle strength and tone, tendon reflexes, and your level of sensitivity. All of our doctors have specialized training and have a great deal of clinical experience so they are able to give you all of the information that you need to help you make an informed decision, understand the options, and be a part of the treatment plan.
YOUR NEXT STEPS
The podiatrists at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers have extensive training and clinical experience when it comes to evaluating, diagnosing patients and providing diabetic neuropathy treatment. Working closely with our doctors and following instructions is an important part of treatment success. Our doctors will concentrate on relieving your discomfort and getting you back on your feet. We pride ourselves on providing a good experience during your office visits where you are involved in our plan of care.
Don’t live with foot pain or ankle pain another day! Our West Palm Beach podiatrists, as well as our podiatrists at our other locations in South Florida, are very experienced in diagnosing and treating neuropathy and diabetic neuropathy. We accept all major insurance providers. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment.