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Diabetic Neuropathy

The Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatric Medicine & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Lapeer, MI, Caro, MI, & Bay City, MI

Diabetic neuropathy causes nerve damage in your feet which leads to sensations such as tingling, burning, pins, and needles, or numbness. It is the most common complication of diabetes. If you have diabetes, it’s very important to see The Foot & Ankle Specialists, a leading diabetic foot care provider in Lapeer, Caro, and Bay City, Michigan, as soon as possible. Nerve damage can lead to serious life-changing problems, including nonhealing wounds or limb amputation. But, by getting diabetic foot care from podiatry specialists, you can reduce your risk of amputation by as much as 85%. Call the office nearest you or use online booking now.

Diabetic Neuropathy Q & A

What is diabetic neuropathy?

Diabetic neuropathy is damage in your peripheral nerves, those that extend into your legs, feet, arms, and legs, that diabetes causes. Most diabetes sufferers have some level of diabetic neuropathy during their lives. The Foot and Ankle Specialists focus on all-encompassing diabetic foot care, including the detection, prevention, and treatment of diabetic neuropathy. 

What are the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy?

When you do not adequately control your blood glucose, diabetic neuropathy can cause a range of symptoms, including:

  • Feet tingling
  • Feet burning
  • Pins and needles sensations 
  • Feet numbness
  • Persistent feet aching or pain 

Diabetic neuropathy sufferers are also vulnerable to other foot issues because it's common to suffer from poor circulation as well. That's why cracked skin, ingrown toenails, slow-healing wounds, ulcers, corns and calluses, and other feet issues often accompany diabetic neuropathy symptoms.

How is diabetic neuropathy diagnosed?

The Foot and Ankle Specialists uses the most advanced diagnostic techniques to test for diabetic neuropathy, including a specialized biopsy that can determine the extent of your diabetic neuropathy. All testing and diagnosis happen onsite for your convenience. 

How is diabetic neuropathy treated?

Treatment protocols vary based on your disease and how advanced it is. The Foot and Ankle Specialists offers topical and oral treatment options to control your diabetic neuropathy symptoms. Electronic prescriptions are available for medications. It is also essential to control the root cause of your diabetic neuropathy, elevated blood glucose. That means working with your primary care physician or a diabetes specialist, like an endocrinologist, to make lifestyle changes, take medications or insulin, or both.

By controlling the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy, you can dramatically improve your quality of life. Education on your diabetic neuropathy can greatly reduce the risk of complications, including amputation.

How often do I need diabetic foot care if I have neuropathy?

The American Diabetes Association® recommends annual diabetic foot exams for all asymptomatic diabetics. But, if you have a diabetic neuropathy diagnosis, you might have a range of foot complications that require more frequent attention. The Foot and Ankle Specialists team can customize a diabetic foot care plan for you according to your needs. 

The Foot and Ankle Specialists team are diabetic foot care experts who can help you overcome the pain and physical frustrations of diabetic neuropathy. Call the office closest to you or book an appointment online anytime.