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What Is Diabetic Neuropathy?

Diabetic neuropathy is a complication of diabetes that occurs when high blood sugar levels cause damage to nerve fibers. The nerves in the legs and feet are primarily affected. This can lead to symptoms such as numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness in the affected areas. Patients typically have a difficult time feeling heat, cold, or pain. This reduced sensation increases the risk of injuries going unnoticed and becoming infected, potentially leading to severe complications. A podiatrist, or foot doctor, plays an important role in managing diabetic neuropathy by conducting regular foot examinations to monitor for potential injuries that patients may not detect themselves. They can also provide guidance on proper foot care practices, recommend suitable footwear to protect the feet, and promptly treat any foot problems, such as ulcers or infections. If you have neuropathy, it is suggested that you regularly consult a podiatrist to monitor any foot concerns. 


Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Dr. Eddy Caldwell from Foot Care of Northeast Arkansas, P.A.. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.


To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Jonesboro, AR . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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