Pain, tingling, burning, and extreme sensitivity to touch are just some of the signs of neuropathy. At AHP Foot & Wound Care Specialists in Indianapolis, Dr. Todd Mann treats patients with neuropathy that affects the legs and feet, which is often a sign of an underlying condition like diabetes. As an expert podiatrist and wound care specialist, Dr. Mann can help you get to the cause of your pain and resolve symptoms of neuropathy. Get on the path to healthier legs and feet by scheduling your appointment today.
What is neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that often occurs in patients who have diabetes. While there are different types of neuropathy, peripheral neuropathy is the most common type for diabetic patients, which tends to affect the feet and legs first.
What are the symptoms of neuropathy?
With neuropathy, high blood sugar can damage the nerve fibers in your feet and legs, which may lead to symptoms like:
- Chronic pain
- Reduced or increased skin sensitivity
- Tingling or burning
- Decreased balance
- Muscle atrophy or weakness
- Ulcers or deformities of the skin
Neuropathy can also cause symptoms unrelated to the extremities, like poor digestion, constipation, changes in appetite, or problems in temperature regulation.
Am I at risk for neuropathy?
Certain patients may be more at risk of developing neuropathy, including people who have poorly controlled blood sugar, diabetes, or kidney disease.
Additionally, if you’re overweight or a smoker, your risk for neuropathy also increases.
How is neuropathy treated?
If you have neuropathy, it’s important to slow the progression of the condition. If you have diabetes, you must manage your glucose levels closely and avoid bouts of high blood sugar.
Dr. Mann might recommend a combination of different treatment methods to manage neuropathy, including:
- Medication. There are specific medications you can take to relieve pain associated with neuropathy, but many of them come with side effects.
- Neuropathy creams. These creams help improve blood flow and circulation in the affected areas.
- Dietary or lifestyle changes. Dr. Mann might recommend changes to your diet or lifestyle that support better nerve conduction and function.
Neuropathy that has caused secondary problems, like skin infections, chronic inflammation, or foot pain, can be addressed with appropriate medications or treatment methods to resolve both problems.
In general, treating neuropathy requires you to adopt strict healthy habits that support your entire health and well-being.
To get relief from your neuropathy related symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mann today.