Diabetes is a devastating disorder that can wreak havoc on your body. However, as most diabetics know, one of the more serious complications of diabetes— diabetic neuropathy—affects the feet.
Diabetic neuropathy occurs when the nerves in your feet become damaged by prolonged exposure to high blood glucose levels. Although the reason for the damage isn’t 100 percent clear, it is most likely due to the fact that the abundant glucose interferes with the nerves’ ability to transmit signals to the brain. In addition, excess glucose can also break blood vessels surrounding the nerves, keeping them from giving proper oxygen and nutrients to the nerves.
In any case, no matter what specifically causes the neuropathy, the simple matter is that it occurs in more than 50 percent of diabetics, causing pain and a variety of foot problems.
At Parker Foot & Ankle, we believe that your condition has caused you enough pain and suffering that you shouldn’t have to worry about what it can do to your feet—that’s our job!
Identifying Conditions to Relieve Pain and Discomfort
Diabetic neuropathy has the potential to be disastrous. When your nerves become damaged, they can express that damage in one of two ways: extreme pain or complete numbness. Unfortunately, both of these expressions can be harmful.
Obviously excruciating pain from damaged nerves is not an ideal situation. When the nerves in your feet become hyperaware, even the lightest touch can be agonizing. However, if your feet become numb, you could wind up suffering injuries without even knowing it, and these injuries can cause a variety of serious foot conditions such as:
- Charcot Foot. This inflammation of soft tissues caused in part by neuropathy and metabolic abnormalities can lead to bone destruction, dislocations, and deformities.
- Nerve compression. The numbness of the nerves can also be caused by the nerves being compressed within the feet.
- Infections and gangrene. Unnoticed cuts, blisters, or abrasions can become infected and cause skin and soft tissue to become necrotic and gangrenous, and the infection could even spread and invade your bloodstream.
- Skin changes. Damaged nerves can prevent essential oils from providing needed moisture to your skin. This can cause your skin to crack and bleed, also opening it up for infection.
- Overall discomfort. When you’re sick, your overall mental state suffers. This is also true for your feet. When your feet are causing you problems, your entire body can feel rundown, achy, and depressed.
Aren’t you dealing with enough without having to worry about all of these risks? We think so. That’s why we’ve spent the last 13 years educating ourselves on the revolutionary care options available for diabetic neuropathy treatment and pain management.
Dedication and Focus to Relieving Your Diabetic Foot Worries
After 30–plus years of helping people like you manage and care for their diabetic foot complications, we decided that they—and you—deserve more. That is why we have spent the last decade researching, learning, and acquiring new diabetic and neuropathy techniques to bring your pain management into the 21st century. Our specialized treatments include:
- State-of-the-art diagnostic services
- Non-invasive procedures, such as Combination Electroanalgesia Therapy (CET), nutrition guidance, etc.
- Laser treatments, including pain relief therapy and cold laser treatments.
- Surgical options, including surgical pain solutions, skin grafting, etc.
- Decompression therapy, which decreases amputation risks to 0 percent.
Take control back from diabetes—don’t allow it to control your every step. Let us help you feel, look, and live foot-pain-free and worry-free. You owe it to your feet to get the dedicated and experienced care you deserve. Contact us today at 855-465-2577, or fill out our contact form to set up an appointment.