If you have numbing and tingling in your toes and feet, you are unfortunately not alone. One of the first major symptoms of diabetes is peripheral neuropathy, and the explosion of diabetes and other chronic diseases worldwide has been a worrisome trend for many years now, with many millions of people affected. Neuropathy is nerve damage brought on by abnormal glucose levels and often causes a loss of sensation in the feet, which is why regular visits to your foot doctor become very important as diabetes progresses.
Some of the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy include:
- Shooting pain
- Burning sensation in the feet
- Weak muscles
- Problems with balance and coordination
- Less sensitivity to temperature extremes
Diagnosis and treatment for diabetic neuropathy:
One of the first tests suggested by your foot doctor will be a nerve conduction study to determine at what rate your nerves are sending and receiving messages. Your podiatrist will also perform a thorough examination to look for potential diabetes related complications such as ingrown toenails. It is especially important to see your foot doctor at the first sign of infection or other abnormalities to ensure proper wound care and that a gangrenous condition doesn’t develop that could lead to an amputation of a toe, foot, or even lower leg.
A comprehensive treatment protocol is important to follow and will include management of blood glucose levels, and protecting your feet from injuries and ulcer development with proper foot care. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX, 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.