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 compliionsincluding amputations. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy usually occurspatients whodo not maintain their blood sugar well, however it can occuranyone with diabetes. The symptoms of neuropathy include numbness,tingling, pain, burningthe 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 nervesthe skin may also be performed.Treatment of diabetic peripheral neuropathy begins with good control of your blood sugar.There are oral mediions as well as topical mediions that may reduce your symptoms.Prevention of diabetic peripheral neuropathy includes maintaining good blood sugar levels. If you have any symptoms of numbness, burning,tinglingyour feet or legs, please give us a call at Dallas Podiatry Works. We willwork to get the correct diagnosis to help
relieve your symptoms.