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Neuropathy doesn’t have to dictate your daily activities. Find out how to quell your symptoms.
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes but didn’t catch it right away you may also be faced with neuropathy, a condition that can cause nerve damage in the feet. Neuropathy can also lead to numbness, tingling, muscle weakness and loss of sensation, but our Sparks, NV, podiatrists, Dr. Douglas Doxey and Dr. L. Bruce Ford, are here to tell you how to best manage your neuropathy symptoms.
Give Your Feet Some TLC
If you have diabetic feet that also have neuropathy you’ll want to give them some extra attention when it comes to providing the very best care. Since you may have lost feeling in your feet, you’ll want to wear socks and shoes all the time. Going barefoot could lead to an injury that you may not even notice. Examine your feet everyday for any new cuts, wounds, bruising, redness or other issues that may require monitoring or medical attention.
You wouldn’t believe just how great exercise can be, even for neuropathy. We don’t mean that you have to run a marathon either. Just taking a walk a couple times a week can go a long way to strengthening muscles, reducing your pain and discomfort and even keeping your blood sugar levels under control. Also look for other forms of exercises like yoga that might provide your body and mind with some great health benefits.
Eat for Your Feet
This might sound silly, but as our Sparks foot doctors will tell you, what you eat is so important to your health. Especially if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetic neuropathy, you’ll want to make sure that you are getting all the vitamins and nutrients you need. Incorporate lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet, along with lean proteins and whole grains. Stay away from processed foods or sugar, which can affect your blood sugar levels. This also means avoiding or limiting your alcohol consumption.
If you have questions about how to care for neuropathy, don’t hesitate to call The Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada in Sparks, NV, to get the answers you’re looking for. We are here to make sure you get the care you need.
How to Treat Neuropathy
Not all neuropathy pain is created equal, which is why we offer a host of different treatments.
Neuropathy may not be as talked about as other chronic disorders, but it still affects approximately 20 million Americans. While neuropathy is more common in older adults, it can strike at any age. About 30 percent of neuropathy cases are the result of an unknown cause, while another 30 percent are due to diabetes. No matter the cause, the most important thing we can do for our patients is getting them up and moving around again pain-free. Because every patient and their symptoms are different, we offer a variety of neuropathy treatments in Sparks to accommodate each unique individual.
First and foremost
The main goal of neuropathy treatment is to treat the underlying cause of the disorder. If you’re been diagnosed with diabetes, we’ll want to make sure your diabetes is being treated and under control. Sometimes just controlling the cause of the neuropathy is enough to start noticing improvements.
Next course of action
Once we figure out the cause of your neuropathy, we’ll want to handle any pain symptoms you may be experiencing. When it comes to managing pain, we will often prescribe medications first. Common pain medications for neuropathy include antidepressants and anticonvulsants. However, if pain persists even with medication, then we will likely recommend other therapies and courses of action to control your pain. Your Sparks, NV podiatrists are always here to talk about what medications will work best for you and your medical history.
It’s important to keep in mind that neuropathy treatment will stop the disorder’s progression but will not be able to reverse damage. However, treatment is still necessary to control your symptoms and improve quality of life. Will often use transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation (TENS) to treat nerve pain. This therapy is usually combined with other pain medications to provide relief. This drug-free treatment works by stopping pain signals from reaching the brain.
Your Sparks podiatrist will also sit down with you and discuss how to manage your condition from the comfort of your own home. We’ll talk about self-care and certain signs that might warrant an emergency visit to our office. After all, the best thing you can do for neuropathy is detect problems early. If you have diabetes, ask us about ways you can care for your feet so that they stay healthy and strong.
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with neuropathy or you’re looking for new ways to stop neuropathy pain, then call our office today. The sooner you stop neuropathy’s damaging effects, the better!