Diabetic neuropathy occurs because diabetes damages nerves. High glucose, or blood sugar, can cause damage to nerves throughout the body, with the nerves in your legs and feet most likely affected.
Symptoms can range from pain and numbness in your feet or legs to problems with your digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels, and heart. They range from being mild to very painful and debilitating. Diabetic neuropathy is a common and serious complication of diabetes, However, while it is possible to slow its progress with strict blood sugar control and living a healthy lifestyle, Dr. Carney is the only physician in Michiana that uses a technique that can heal these damaged nerves.
Peripheral neuropathy is the most common type of diabetic neuropathy, first affecting the feet and legs, followed by the arms and hands. Symptoms are often worse at night and may include:
Reduced ability to feel pain or temperature changes
Tingling and burning sensation
Increased sensitivity to touch
Loss of reflexes
Loss of balance and coordination
Serious foot problems, including ulcers, infections, bone pain, and joint pain
Causes of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
Researchers believe that over time, uncontrolled high blood sugar damages nerves and impacts their ability to send signals, leading to diabetic neuropathy. In addition to diabetes, a combination of other factors may lead to nerve damage, including:
Smoking and alcohol use
Dr. Peter Carney offers a variety of unique treatment options that specifically assist diabetic peripheral neuropathy sufferers. To discuss the best course of action for your unique case, call us today at (574) 389-7737 or contact us online.