In recognition of November as American Diabetes Month, we are raising awareness of this potentially terrible disease in the hopes of catching the condition early when it is more easily treated. One of the preliminary indications that you may be developing diabetes is a condition called peripheral neuropathy which is nerve damage caused by excessively high blood sugar.
This nerve damage is progressive and can cause a partial or total lack of sensation in the feet and ankles. This makes it hard to notice injuries and infections before severe complications like ulcers have occurred, so be certain to have regular check-ups with your foot doctor.
4 common symptoms of nerve damage in the feet caused by diabetes may include the following:
- Numbness, tingling, or burning sensation—These symptoms and possible shooting pain are felt, especially in the feet, ankles, and hands.
- Muscle damage—The muscles in your feet and ankles become weak, possibly leading to debilitating falls.
- Balance and coordination issues—Problems with balance can be helped with specially made diabetic shoes and custom orthotic inserts.
- Wounds that won’t heal—Since the immune response is compromised in patients who have diabetes, cuts will take a long time to heal and may become severely infected.
Patients with diabetes need to develop a comprehensive plan that includes treatment from their foot doctor on a regular basis to catch problems before they worsen. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries, and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.