Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage that is caused by diabetes. Over time, high blood glucose levels, also called blood sugar, and high levels of fats, such as triglycerides, in the blood from diabetes can damage your nerves. Symptoms depend on which type of diabetic neuropathy you have.
Depending on the affected nerves, symptoms of diabetic neuropathy can range from pain and numbness in your legs and feet to problems with your digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels and heart. Some people have mild symptoms. But for others, diabetic neuropathy can be quite painful and disabling.
Diabetic neuropathy is a common and serious complication of diabetes. But you can often prevent diabetic neuropathy or slow its progress with tight blood sugar control and a healthy lifestyle.
Symptoms of Neuropathy
Peripheral Neuropathy is the most common type of diabetic neuropathy. It affects the feet and legs first, followed by the hands and arms. Signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are often worse at night, and may include:
- Numbness or reduced ability to feel pain or temperature changes
- Tingling or burning sensation
- Sharp pains or cramps
- Increased sensitivity to touch — for some people, even the weight of a bedsheet can be painful
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of reflexes, especially in the ankle
- Loss of balance and coordination
- Serious foot problems, such as ulcers, infections, and bone and joint pain.
Diabetic Nerve Care
- 10gm Monofilament Study: A standardized filament is pressed against the part of the foot. When the filament bends, its tip is exerting a pressure of 10 grams. If the patient does not feel the monofilament pressure at certain given points then he/she has lost enough sensation to be at risk of developing a neuropathic ulcer. Diabetic foot is considered to be one of the most serious complications for patients suffering from Diabetes.
- Doppler Study: Unmanaged blood sugar levels over a prolonged period can lead to poor blood circulation in the blood veins. With the help of automated Doppler, expert try to rule out the decrease in the blood circulation which may lead to ischemia.
- Biothesiometry study of Foot: Loss of sensation among diabetics is common. At foot care clinic, with an advanced biothesiometry analyzer, an early sign of nerve damage is ruled out.
- Diabetic Footcare: Diabetic foot and wound care clinic at Sushila Diabetes Care is equipped with modern machinery and equipment helps in early detection and diagnosis of diabetic foot complications in diabetes. Other services that we offer are:
- Foot Screening
- Plantar Pressure Scan
- Conservative management of Neuropathy, Vascular condition
- Customized Diabetic Footwear