San Juan Foot & Ankle Center

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Montrose, CO & Delta, CO

Neuropathy is one of the most common complications of diabetes and can predispose you to foot pain and injury. Through careful management, podiatrist Christopher O. Cook, DPM, FACFAS, can help you protect your feet and reduce your risk of injury. Located in Montrose and Delta, Colorado, the team at San Juan Foot and Ankle Center has over 15 years of experience helping the community with neuropathy symptoms. Schedule a foot exam today by calling or using the online booking tool.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition caused by diabetes that affects your nerves. It can also be called diabetic neuropathy or diabetic peripheral neuropathy. With diabetes, uncontrolled high blood sugar causes inflammation and damage to your nerves, especially those in your arms, legs, hands, and feet.

These nerves are responsible for sending signals from your brain to your limbs and back again. If these nerves are affected by neuropathy, they cannot signal properly, and you’re unable to sense changes in pressure, temperature, or pain.

Neuropathy is a progressive condition and cannot be reversed over time. Proper diabetes care — including blood sugar management and routine foot exams — can reduce your risk of developing neuropathy.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Depending on which nerves are affected, you can experience a variety of neuropathy symptoms. Common symptoms include:

  • Numbness or tingling in the feet
  • Pain or discomfort in the feet or legs, including prickly, sharp pain or burning feet
  • Muscle weakness and loss of muscle tone in the legs and feet
  • Loss of balance
  • Changes in foot shape that can cause areas of increased pressure when wearing shoes
  • Dry feet
  • Cracked skin

Since your nerves are also responsible for sending signals to your brain, it may become difficult to feel pain or temperature changes in your feet. This puts you are a high risk for developing diabetic foot complications, like wounds that don’t heal, ulcers, sores, and gangrene.

What causes neuropathy?

Neuropathy is caused by high blood glucose levels and poor circulation in the feet that damage the nerves. Neuropathy is most common in people with uncontrolled diabetes, though it can also happen in those with excellent blood sugar control.

It is essential to get regular foot checks from Dr. Cook and to follow all at-home foot care recommendations to reduce your risk of foot injuries caused by your neuropathy symptoms.

What is the treatment for neuropathy?

The first step to neuropathy treatment is proper blood sugar management. Dr. Cook works with you and your primary doctor to regulate your blood sugar levels benefiting your health overall. For painful neuropathy symptoms, Dr. Cook may recommend medications to relieve pain, numbness, and burning sensations.

Choosing proper footwear, including orthotics and padding, is another way your doctors can help reduce your risk of foot injury related to neuropathy.

Get your diabetic neuropathy under control with help from Dr. Cook at San Juan Foot and Ankle Center. Call to schedule a foot exam or book online now.

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