Did you know that millions of people are suffering from diabetes throughout the world? With November being Diabetes Awareness Month, we at Step by Step Family Foot Care want to make our patients aware of the harmful effects of diabetes, and provide guidelines on how to manage this disease.
Nerve damage, also known as diabetic neuropathy, is caused due to high sugar levels in your blood stream, such that it hampers your ability feel any sensation in your feet.
Here are five signs of diabetic neuropathy that you should look out for:
- Numbness and an inability to feel pain in your feet, as the nerves are damaged.
- Tingling or piercing pain in your feet that worsens as you apply weight or pressure on your feet.
- Instability while walking which could be due to pain caused by nerve damage.
- Weakening of the muscles that can also make standing or maintaining your balance very difficult.
- Due to loss of sensation in your feet, you may not be able to feel the temperature of the water in the shower, exposing you to the risk of burning your feet if the water is too hot. Get help and make sure the temperature is adequate before you walk into the shower.
If you fear that you are suffering from diabetic neuropathy or have any questions related to this condition, feel free to consult our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Debra B. Manheim.
Our team has vast experience in treating a range of foot conditions and disorders, and is equipped with advanced technologies and treatments to restore the health of your feet. We urge you to visit our office in Parsippany NJ or call us at (973) 917-3785 for information and appointment.