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All diabetics should live happy, healthy lives. Unfortunately, in addition to tracking insulin levels, diabetics also have to worry about potential foot problems like neuropathy.
Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage, which leads to the inability to feel heat, cold, pain, cuts, or sores on the feet. Amputation is also a common complication of diabetic neuropathy.
Causes of neuropathy include nerve inflammation, uncontrolled high blood sugar damage to nerves, genetics, smoking, and more.
Prevent foot problems like diabetic neuropathy by taking care of your feet!
While there are a few different types of diabetic neuropathy, we’re focusing on peripheral neuropathy, which affects the feet and legs (then the hands and arms).
Other types of neuropathy affect other areas of the body: autonomic neuropathy (stomach, organs), radiculoplexus neuropathy (thighs, hips), mononeuropathy (face) -- yes, you can have more than one type of diabetic neuropathy.
In order to determine which neuropathy you have, you need to look for signs.
Signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include
Other types of neuropathy lead to similar symptoms in those affected areas of the body.
Signs and symptoms of neuropathy develop gradually, so you may not notice any signs until the nerve damage is done. Symptoms will improve over time, or get worse before they get better, which is why it’s important to take care of your body, especially your feet!
As a diabetic, you should always work to protect the health of your feet.
Get in the habit of checking your feet every day for any cuts, blisters, sores, bruises, redness, swelling -- anything out of the ordinary.
Wearing clean, dry, moisture-wicking and loose-fitting socks will help protect your feet from diabetic foot problems like neuropathy.
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