Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy
This is actually the most common type of diabetic neuropathy. The nerves in the patient’s legs and feet are attacked first, followed by their arms and hands.
- Not able to feel changes in the weather or pain which is followed by numbness in the affected area
- Burning or tingling sensation
- Experiencing unusual pain during a walk
- Extremely sensitive level of pain in the area – could hurt just to be touched
- Difficulty walking and weak muscle
- Sharp, stabbing pain that can become worse during the night
- Complications in the feet, including ulcers, joint pain, infections, and even deformities
- Sexual problems
If you experience any of the above symptoms it is very important to seek medical attention. Below are some tips on how to deal with peripheral neuropathy.
- a) Leading a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly. Also limit the intake of alcohol.
- b) It is important to check your feet regularly and make sure that you have no wounds, corns or calluses on your feet. Visiting a podiatrist on a regular basis is a good idea for any diabetic, but especially one who also suffers from this ailment.
- c) There are diabetic socks and shoes available that will provide all round protection for the feet. There are many kinds of fungal powders and soaps to help you keep your feet clean and to ensure that your feet are not becoming a breeding ground for bacteria. Topical medications are available to treat wounds and blisters quickly.
- d) There are special shoes available that have ample toe space, to ensure that there is no friction between your feet and your footwear, and they come in great designs too. Gel cushions and gel pads are available to protect your feet against friction, and to provide cushioning for the soles of your feet.
- e) A regular pedicure, whether at home or at a salon will keep your feet smooth and clean. Moisturizing your feet every night will keep it soft, and prevent formation of corns and calluses.
- d) There are also treatments to reduce the condition from getting worse e.g. medication to relieve diabetic nerve pain; physicians prescribe medications including antidepressants and narcotic pain medicines
- e) Control and monitor your blood sugar level to slow down the progression
Please also read: Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy