Understanding Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy and Your Treatment Options

When you hear the diagnosis “diabetes,” your first thoughts might be about blood sugar monitoring, weight loss, or insulin medications. But did you know that diabetes can have a serious impact on your nerves and ability to feel sensations, especially in your legs and feet? It’s called diabetic neuropathy.

At Premier Vascular in Yonkers and Jackson Heights, New York, our experienced care team provides ongoing treatment and support to patients after a diabetes diagnosis, including monitoring for diabetic peripheral neuropathy and diabetic foot pain

Here’s what Nirav Patel, DO, and our team want our new and existing patients to know about peripheral neuropathy and the steps you can take to protect your health while living with diabetes.

How diabetes can affect your peripheral nerves

If you have diabetes, your blood sugar levels tend to be too high due to lack of insulin production or problems with how your body uses the insulin it does have. Insulin is a hormone that transports sugar from your blood into cells, where it’s used for energy. Over time, high blood sugar levels can cause lasting injuries to your nerves.

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy that impacts sensation in your legs and feet is the most common type of diabetes-related nerve damage. If the nerves in your feet don’t work correctly by sending pain sensations to let you know about cuts or sores, you can end up with serious injuries or infections.

In addition to loss of sensation in your feet and toes, diabetic neuropathy can affects other nerves throughout the body, leading to problems with the heart, digestive system and urinary tract.

Treating peripheral neuropathy 

Some patients with diabetes end up losing toes or limbs due to diabetic neuropathy. But Dr. Patel and our team at Premier Vascular want to help you prevent that and keep your peripheral nerves, in your feet and elsewhere, as healthy as possible for years to come. 

When we discover any nerve damage, we can recommend the right treatment options for you. While diabetic neuropathy can’t be cured, treatment can slow its progression, manage any complications, reduce your pain, and help restore function.

To help prevent or slow diabetic neuropathy, you may benefit from:

If you already have diabetic foot pain due to nerve damage, we may prescribe pain-relieving medications, such as anti-seizure drugs, antidepressants, or serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, sometimes in combination.

You may also benefit from receiving specialist care if you have complications in other parts of your body, such as your urinary tract.

To learn more about your options for controlling diabetic peripheral neuropathy, get in touch with Dr. Patel today. You can book your appointment at Premier Vascular by calling one of our offices or using the online tool to schedule.

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