Peripheral neuropathy is a very serious progressive disease that can be either inherent or secondary causing loss of sensation to the feet. There are many causes of peripheral neuropathy, with diabetes being the most common cause. Peripheral neuropathy is a very serious disease which can lead to limb threatening complications if left untreated.
Peripheral neuropathy is often a secondary complication of diabetes in which the nerves become swollen and inflamed causing nerve damage due to increasing levels of blood sugar. Nerve damage can also be seen as an inherited disease and may present in a similar fashion.
Symptoms for neuropathy can range from burning, tingling, pins and needles type feeling, loss of sensation, cramping, and may even lead to muscle atrophy. All these symptoms can cause difficulty while ambulating and completing everyday tasks.
Diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy is made by an extensive history and physical exam as well as review of the patient’s symptoms. Our foot and ankle surgeons may conduct various nerve testing to assure a proper diagnosis.Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage) In Pre-Diabetics and Current Diabetics
Treatment for peripheral neuropathy may can range from oral or topical medications, accommodative custom orthosis, as well as available advanced laser therapy. The goal of treatment for this condition is to reduce symptoms, increase stability, and to prevent further progression of the disease.