In the United States, diabetes is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy. This condition means there’s a problem with the peripheral nervous system — the network of nerves outside your spinal cord and brain — and there is damage to these nerves. Often, a patient experiences tingling, burning, numbness, and/or pain in the toes and feet or may lose sensation all together. This lack of feeling can be dangerous if either foot sustains an injury.
The numbness or lack of feeling can make it difficult for a patient to notice the injury, and if the wound goes untreated, it could become infected. Talking to an experienced DFW podiatrist about any diabetic concerns with your feet or asking questions about peripheral neuropathy can help prevent potential problems from becoming serious or life-threatening.
5 Focused Questions to Ask Your DFW Podiatrist During Your Consultation
If you have diabetes and are diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy or are at risk for developing this condition, you may have questions. An experienced DFW podiatrist can not only diagnose peripheral neuropathy but can answer questions about the condition and help create a treatment plan based on your personal needs. Some questions you may want to ask your podiatrist include:
- Who is at risk for developing peripheral neuropathy?
Those who are diabetic are at the highest risk for developing peripheral neuropathy. Others at risk include those who have a family history of the condition, use alcohol, take certain medications, are of an advanced age, or have an injury to the peripheral nerves.
- What are some symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?
The most common symptoms are burning, tingling, numbness, or stabbing pain in the toes. Some people may have muscle weakness or a loss of balance.
- What is the best way to prevent peripheral neuropathy if you are a diabetic?
There are several things you can do to prevent peripheral neuropathy such as eating a healthy diet, increasing your physical activity, and keeping your blood sugar under control. Regular appointments with a DFW podiatrist can also help prevent diabetes-related foot complications from occurring.
- How can a DFW podiatrist help treat peripheral neuropathy?
There is no cure for peripheral neuropathy, but a DFW podiatrist can help manage the condition, slow the progression, and treat the symptoms associated with it. A DFW podiatrist may also prescribe medication to help with the symptoms.
- What can I do at home to help with my condition?
There are several things you can do at home to manage peripheral neuropathy such as checking your feet daily for any signs of injury or abnormality, wearing shoes that fit properly, keeping your blood sugar under control, and seeing a DFW podiatrist regularly and at the first sign of a problem.
We Have Answers to All Your Peripheral Neuropathy Questions
If you have questions about peripheral neuropathy, our experienced DFW podiatrist has the answers. To request an appointment to discuss your diabetic foot concerns in our Grapevine or Keller office, fill out our convenient online contact form, or call one of our offices today.