Peripheral neuropathy, a frequent complication of diabetes, is an all-too-common problem faced by many Americans, and the numbers are growing. By some counts 2/3 of those diagnosed with diabetes will suffer nerve damage in their feet and legs extensive enough to produce symptoms of pain, tingling, burning, or numbness.
It should go without saying that, if you suffer from peripheral neuropathy, you should be seeing a podiatrist like Dr. Danciger for regular diabetic checkups and any other helpful treatments, such as laser therapy. However, we only see you so often. Managing your condition over the long term and preventing more serious complications depends on faithful, careful management at home.
Here are some crucial steps to help you manage these symptoms while you’re away from our office:
Keep blood sugar under control. Don’t slouch on this! Monitoring your glucose carefully and keeping within a normal range can keep the damage from getting worse and may even improve existing symptoms.
Eat right. It’s important you get a good mix of vitamins and minerals for your foot health, especially since circulation may be limited to your feet and ankles. Go for low-fat meat and dairy with plenty of fruits, veggies, and whole grains.
Avoid alcohol and tobacco. Both have been shown to make peripheral neuropathy worse.
Exercise, carefully. Regular exercise gets your blood flowing and may even nourish some damaged nerves partially back to health. If sensitivity loss is severe, it may be wise to avoid high-impact activities, but even regular walking can have a profoundly positive effect on pain management and prevention of future complications.
Peripheral neuropathy is a serious condition that can lead to serious consequences—even amputation—but you don’t have to let it control your life. Smart lifestyle choices, combined with care from an expert professional, can significantly relieve discomfort and improve your prognosis. Our office can provide you with the tools and treatment you need—be they orthotics, physical therapy, laser therapy, medications, or surgery—to continue living as healthy, active, and pain free as possible despite your condition.
To schedule an appointment with us in Palm Desert, CA, dial 760-568-0108 today.