• Diabetes and Peripheral Neuropathy

    on Nov 2nd, 2017

Diabetes can make life a lot harder for those who have the condition. People who suffer from diabetes have to watch what they eat, track their blood sugar, monitor their exercise regiment, and constantly check in with their physician and specialists. Diabetes can be hard to live with and should be treated delicately. People with diabetes should be especially aware of the importance of taking care of their feet.

Peripheral Neuropathy causes reduced feeling in the foot. If someone has a lack of feeling in their foot then that means it can be harder for them to recognize when they have another foot related injury. These unknown ulcers, wounds, and infections can grow and lead to permanent foot and tissue damage. 

Keep a Look Out

It is important for people with diabetes to screen for this disorder and other foot related disorders linked to diabetes. A podiatrist such as Dr. Howard M. Kimmel, of Buckeye Foot Care located in Brook Park, Willoughby, Cleveland and Elyria, Ohio, will take a device that looks similar to a toothbrush and brush it along certain parts of the foot and ask the patient what they feel. This screening allows the podiatrist to see how much feeling a patient has in their foot and whether or not it has decreased from their last visit. 

Prognosis

Peripheral Neuropathy is not reversible. Physical therapy can help but is not a cure for the disease. Investing in the right kind of shoes has been known to help prevent the disease from progressing faster than it could. It is important to continuously visit your podiatrist and check your feet regularly so that they can monitor the severity of the disease. In between visits it is good to ask family and friends to check your feet for any possible injuries.

If you are suffering from Peripheral Neuropathy due to diabetes it is important to secure an appointment with a podiatrist as soon as possible. Your podiatrist will help monitor the severity of your case, offer tips and tricks to better deal with the disease, and also help you catch any other illness that may occur in your feet. Call Dr. Kimmel’s office today to get quality care. Call 440-367-8773 or make an appointment online today.

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