If you are diabetic, chances are you will suffer from nerve damage at some point. High blood glucose levels, smoking, having diabetes for years, obesity, and lower levels of insulin all contribute to this condition. Damaged nerves can lead to peripheral neuropathy, or a loss of feeling in your limbs. If you notice numbness, tingling, or burning in your feet you might be in the early stages of peripheral neuropathy. You may also feel as if your muscles are becoming weaker, and walking may become more difficult. Danger increases if it is left untreated or unmanaged, because you may not feel an injury and sustain a wound that won’t heal. When you have peripheral neuropathy you have to remember to check your feet every day for abnormalities and get them treated immediately.
If you have questions about nerve damage caused by diabetes, call Dr. Robert Parker at (281) 497-2850 to schedule an appointment at Parker Foot and Ankle in Houston.