If you have been diagnosed with diabetes don’t let foot problems happen to you.
It’s common for those with diabetes to also be at risk for a host of other health problems. Nerve damage is a common issue in those with diabetes and our goal as your Bethlehem, Macungie and Quakertown, PA, podiatrists are to prevent neuropathy and nerve pain whenever possible. Learn more about the symptoms of nerve damage in feet and what you can do to prevent it.
What is diabetic neuropathy?
One of the most common types of neuropathy that those with diabetes face is peripheral neuropathy. This condition often affects the legs and feet, but can also affect the arms and hands. Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy include,
- Tingling, numbness or weakness in the feet
- Shooting pains or cramping
- Poor balance
- Loss of coordination
- The inability to walk (in severe cases)
If you are experiencing any changes in your feet (whether pain, tingling, numbness or weakness) this is something that shouldn’t go ignored. Treat this like a medical emergency and visit our Bethlehem, Macungie and Quakertown, PA, foot doctor right away. Let us know what symptoms you are experiencing and we will make sure to pencil you in immediately.
How should you treat diabetic-related nerve pain?
If you frequently experience foot pains due to neuropathy you may be wondering the best ways to manage your discomfort. First and foremost, it’s important that you get your blood sugar under control. This is something you should work with your doctor to make sure that your blood sugar levels are normal. You can improve your blood sugar by taking certain medications and by making certain lifestyle changes (e.g. diet; exercise; quitting smoking).
In some situations where nerve pain is severe, we may prescribe medication to help relieve your pain. This is often the case if lifestyle modifications have failed to help manage your discomfort.
If you are looking for diabetic foot care in Bethlehem, Macungie or Quakertown, PA, then look no further than Diamond Podiatry & Podiatry Associates of the Lehigh Valley. If you are noticing any changes in your feet, give us a call right away.