Millions of Americans suffer from lower extremity neuropathy. The most common type of neuropathy seen in the office is Diabetic Neuropathy which is also called Peripheral Neuropathy.
Diabetic Neuropathy can lead to loss of ability to feel pain, heat and cold. This loss of sensation may lead to minor cuts, scrapes, bruises or wounds that the patient is unaware of. Neuropathy may also lead to conditions such as bunions, hammer toes and Charcot Foot.
The most important first line of prevention of Diabetic Neuropathy is to control the Diabetes. Maintaining normal blood pressure and to keep blood sugars at normal levels.
In addition to managing Diabetes and blood pressure it is important to also
-Have regular physical examinations
-Have regular blood tests
-Limit alcohol intake