Diabetes can cause problems throughout the body, but the feet are subject to a lot of damage and complications. One of the most common conditions that diabetics experience is neuropathy, which is nerve damage resulting from abnormal glucose levels.
Symptoms of Diabetic Neuropathy
Neuropathy can manifest in a number of ways:
- Burning, shooting pain
- Increased sensitivity at night
- Muscle weakness
- Instability or difficulty walking or standing
- Decreased sensitivity to extreme temperatures
Diagnosis and Treatment
Because neuropathy often causes loss of sensation in the feet, it is important to see a podiatrist regularly for thorough examinations and prevention of other diabetes-related problems. When diagnosing neuropathy, podiatrists may perform nerve conduction studies to see how fast the nerves are sending messages. Treatment usually involves managing blood glucose levels and pain and protecting the feet from ulcers and other injuries through foot care. Seeking treatment from a podiatrist is especially important at the first signs of any injuries to prevent infections.
Since nerve damage can worsen and lead to the inability to feel the protective sensations in the feet that signal injury, it is important to seek early treatment. Dr. Russell Samofal of Podiatry Center of New Jersey has helped many diabetic patients treat and manage their foot and ankle issues. Dr. Samofal is board-certified and treats a variety of podiatric issues including heel pain, sports injuries, nail fungus, hammertoes, and bunions. Podiatry Center of New Jersey is located in Wayne, NJ and serves the surrounding Morris, Passaic, Bergen and Essex counties. For questions or concerns about diabetic foot care or other problems, please contact us or call us at (973) 925-4111 today!