Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is caused by the nerves being exposed to high blood glucose levels over an extended period of time which then causes damage to the peripheral nerves. Peripheral nerves are the nerves that go to the arms, hands, legs, and feet.
The most common symptoms are:
- Abnormal sensations in the toes and feet
- Sharp, shooting pains
- A feeling of being pricked with pins
- Numbness (inability to properly feel pain, heat, or cold)
Some risk factors for diabetic peripheral neuropathy include:
- High blood glucose (sugar) levels
- Elevated triglycerides (constituent of body fat)
- Excess body weight
- High blood pressure
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy puts people at an increased risk for foot ulcers and amputation. This is due to nerve damage in their feet and toes. People with diabetes who have diabetic peripheral neuropathy often don’t notice minor cuts, sores, or blisters in these areas; if these wounds are left untreated they can easily become infected, lead to gangrene (decomposition of body tissue), and in some cases the affected area may require amputation.
Patients that receive peripheral neuropathy treatment will receive a series of vibration and low level laser therapy. If you are interested in seeking treatment for peripheral neuropathy please book a consultation; this allows me evaluate the extent of the nerve damage. If you have any question feel free to ask me next time you are in or you can call our office.
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