My name is David Northcutt. I’m oneof the podiatrists here at Dallas Podiatry Works. Today I want to discuss diabetic peripheralneuropathy. There are several reasons for the development of peripheral neuropathy,but diabetic peripheral neuropathy is one of the most common. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy simply meansnerve damage that is caused from having diabetes. This is not something that develops rapidly,but is a slowly worsening and progressive condition which happens over the period ofseveral years. The loss of sensation that occurs with nerve damage from diabetes makesthe patient more prone to developing open
sores or ulcers. Patients often do not know that they havea sore or wound, due to this lack of sensation. This can lead to significant complicationsincluding amputations. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy usually occurs in patients whodo not maintain their blood sugar well, however it can occur in anyone with diabetes. The symptoms of neuropathy include numbness,tingling, pain, burning in the feet which can progress up to the legs, there’s oftenloss of muscle tone, loss of balance, and changes to foot structure. To determine whetheryou have diabetic peripheral neuropathy, a
history and physical will be performed. Simple,in office, noninvasive testing helps to diagnose the problem. Neurologic tests sometimes areordered. Sometimes a biopsy of the peripheral nerves in the skin may also be performed.Treatment of diabetic peripheral neuropathy begins with good control of your blood sugar.There are oral medications as well as topical medications that may reduce your symptoms.Prevention of diabetic peripheral neuropathy includes maintaining good blood sugar levels. If you have any symptoms of numbness, burning,tingling in your feet or legs, please give us a call at Dallas Podiatry Works. We willwork to get the correct diagnosis to help
relieve your symptoms..
Peripheral Nervous System Disorders Diagnosis and Treatment
The peripheral nervous system is the partof the nervous system that excludes or is outside of the brain and the spinal cord.We take care of patients that have disorders that affect the motor neurons, which livein the spinal cord â€“ the peripheral nerves that extend out into the arms and legs aswell as the muscles and the connection between the nerves and the muscles. Some of the disordersthat a nerve and muscle a disease specialist will evaluate and develop care plans for includemuscle disorders such as muscular dystrophy, polymyositis, dermatomyositis, peripheralneuropathies such as Charcot Marie Tooth disease or hereditary neuropathy and as well as theneuromuscular junction disorders such as myasthenia
gravis. Some symptoms that can be associatedwith the peripheral nervous system include generalized weakness, fatigue, numbness, tingling,sometimes pain can be caused by disorders of the peripheral nerve. The evaluation ofa patient with a possible peripheral nervous system disorder first begins with the verycareful history to understand how the symptoms started and how they affect the patient. Fromthe history we extend to the physical exam, which helps us determine what sort of deficitsmay be impacting the patient’s function. From there we design a targeted testing strategyto to try to pinpoint exactly what’s causing the symptoms. It’s a very exciting time inneuromuscular medicine because the more we
understand about how these diseases occur,the more that we can develop very targeted, personalized treatments to help either stopor reverse the disease. In many cases there may not be a specific cure but we can reducethe symptoms through a comprehensive treatment plan..