Neuropathy can affect any nerve in your body, causing pain or numbness. However, diabetic neuropathy increases your risk of falling and developing dangerous foot ulcers. The highly skilled team at Sensor Medica Clinic in Idaho Falls, Idaho, offers cutting-edge technology that identifies your risk of balance problems and ulcers. They then develop a comprehensive treatment plan to prevent or treat your neuropathy. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Neuropathy generally refers to a damaged or dysfunctional nerve. Peripheral neuropathy affects the nerves outside your brain and spinal cord.
You may develop peripheral neuropathy from toxins, certain medications, and many health conditions, including:
Diabetes accounts for more cases of peripheral neuropathy than any other cause.
Your symptoms depend on the type of nerve that sustained damage. Damaged motor nerves cause muscle weakness, spasms, and atrophy.
Injured or dysfunctional sensory nerves may lead to pain, tingling, numbness, and a burning or electric-shock sensation.
Autonomic nerves regulate many body functions such as breathing, heart rate, and digestion. As a result, your symptoms vary depending on which body system is affected.
Diabetic neuropathy develops when high blood sugar damages your nerves. High blood sugar also damages the small blood vessels that nourish nerves, which leads to additional nerve dysfunction or death.
Peripheral diabetic neuropathy affects your feet, causing a gradual loss of sensation. Before losing feeling, you may experience tingling or sharp pain.
Without sensation, you can’t feel minor cuts or pressure sores on your feet. As a result, small wounds can quickly progress into diabetic ulcers and dangerous infections.
Another complication of diabetic neuropathy occurs when nerve damage in your feet affects your balance and coordination. As a result, you have a high risk of falling.
After reviewing your medical history and examining your feet, the team at Sensor Medica Clinic assesses your balance and evaluates your risk for falls, as well as your risk of developing a diabetic foot ulcer.
Using their dynamic pressure sensor platform and treadmill, they identify pressure points on your feet and evaluate your gait and balance. Pressure points increase your risk for an ulcer, a problem they can prevent with orthotics.
The podiatry specialists at Sensor Medica Clinic offer comprehensive diabetic foot care, which includes teaching you how to care for your feet, annual diabetic foot exams, and specialized wound care.
Your provider at Sensor Medica Clinic may recommend treatment such as physical therapy, neurological rehabilitation, or balance training.
To receive expert care for peripheral or diabetic neuropathy, call Sensor Medica Clinic or book an appointment online today.