Diabetes and foot issues are often more closely related than people think. While diabetes comes with a number of its own concerns, it can cause secondary issues that seriously impact the feet and ankles. If you’re interested in addressing or preventing these issues, the team at Synergy Foot and Ankle is here to help.
How Do I Know I have Diabetic Neuropathy?
Diabetic neuropathy refers to the nerve damage that can occur as a result of abnormally high blood sugar levels that are caused by diabetes. When a person suffers from diabetes, their body is unable to produce insulin, an important compound that helps your body metabolize blood sugars. Over time, the presence of these excessive blood sugars will start to wear down, damage, and kill your nerve fibers. “Neuropathy” literally means damage to the nerves.
Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy often include:
- Pain in the feet that feels like burning, throbbing, tingling, etc
- A numbness that slowly spreads up your limbs
- Oversensitivity to normal, everyday sensations
- A notable decrease in your levels of coordination
- An increased amount of falling
- Lack of balance and stability
- Increased sensitivity to heat
- A decline in your muscle strength