Treating Numbness Tingling and Burning Caused by Neuropathy
My name is David Northcutt. I'm oneof the podiatrists here at Dallas Podiatry Works. Today I want to discuss diabetic peripheralneuropathy. There are several reasons for the development of peripheral neuropathy,but diabetic peripheral neuropathy is one of the most common. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy simply meansnerve damage that is caused from having diabetes. This is not something that develops rapidly,but is a slowly worsening and progressive condition which happens over the period ofseveral years. The loss of sensation that occurs with nerve damage from diabetes makesthe patient more prone to developing open
sores or ulcers. Patients often do not know that they havea sore or wound, due to this lack of sensation. This can lead to significant complicationsincluding amputations. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy usually occurs in patients whodo not maintain their blood sugar well, however it can occur in anyone with diabetes. The symptoms of neuropathy include numbness,tingling, pain, burning in the feet which can progress up to the legs, there's oftenloss of muscle tone, loss of balance, and changes to foot structure. To determine whetheryou have diabetic peripheral neuropathy, a
history and physical will be performed. Simple,in office, noninvasive testing helps to diagnose the problem. Neurologic tests sometimes areordered. Sometimes a biopsy of the peripheral nerves in the skin may also be performed.Treatment of diabetic peripheral neuropathy begins with good control of your blood sugar.There are oral medications as well as topical medications that may reduce your symptoms.Prevention of diabetic peripheral neuropathy includes maintaining good blood sugar levels. If you have any symptoms of numbness, burning,tingling in your feet or legs, please give us a call at Dallas Podiatry Works. We willwork to get the correct diagnosis to help
relieve your symptoms.
Peripehral Neuropathy Painful Legs and Feet Pain Reduced DavisSpineInstitute
When you originally presented to the officeyou presented very very intense peripheral neuropathy pain over your knee, lower legs,and feet. We've been managing you here for a good six weeks on the peripheral neuropathybased program. How have you been responding to the program, and what's been your experiencestoday? When I first started it took a while before I was able to say that and feel animprovement in my problem. Particularly on the bottom of my feet, the sensory part. Icould feel the difference between tile and wood floor, the coldness of each and the carpet.Before I started the program I hardly could feel the difference between those items. Thediscoloration of the neuropathy on my legs
is a great improvement and I'm very pleasedwith that. It does not, particularly on my right leg, it does not weep water anymore,the skin does not break, and that is a great improvement as far as I'm concerned. On myknees there is some swelling going on on my right knee, there is improvement on the insideof my knee. The outside is still a little bit numb, the inside is better and the scartissue that I had on my legs is feeling great now. No discomfort when I touch it and thatis a great improvement. Well congratulations on your results, we're very very proud tohave you here as a patient. Thank you. I'm happy to be here it's been quite and experience.Thank you.