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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Be Alert to Signs of Diabetic Neuropathy | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Katy Statler, D.P.M.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Be Alert to Signs of Diabetic Neuropathy
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Be Alert to Signs of Diabetic Neuropathy | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

An unfortunate side effect of diabetes is nerve damage or neuropathy. When this nerve damage occurs in feet, legs, hands and arms it is called diabetic peripheral neuropathy. At Central Jersey Ankle and Foot Care Specialists we want our patients to be informed about this condition and hopefully be able to identify it in its earliest stages.

The Danger of Damage

There are 3 different groups of nerves that can suffer from diabetic neuropathy:

  • Sensory—nerves that allow you to experience sensations such as pain, temperature, burning, etc.

                  Symptoms: Numbness or tingling, some kind of pain (sharp, prickly, burning) or discomfort

                  Risk: loss of sensation makes injury more difficult to detect promptly

 

  • Motor—nerves that control your muscles giving them tone and strength

                  Symptoms: change in foot shape, loss of muscle tone, muscle weakness, problems with balance

                  Risk: uneven and excessive pressure can be placed on one part of the foot, causing a callus or                 ulcer to form

 

  • Autonomic—nerves at work during involuntary actions such as sweating

                  Symptoms: dry or cracked skin

                  Risk: dry, cracked skin can blister and bleed; infection can more easily enter the body

 

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy comes on over time, gradually getting worse. For some patients neuropathy is actually an early warning sign of diabetes. Once an open wound or sore develops, diabetic patients have difficulty healing due to reduced circulation and impairment to the immune system. This greatly increases the risk of complications, including amputation and life-threatening infections.

Treatment

Our podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin, Dr. Jessica A. Addeo and Dr. Rajan Patel can conduct simple tests to evaluate sensory input, reflexes and balance. Regardless of which nerve group(s) is affected, the primary line of defense is for the patient to keep blood sugar under control. Other treatments range from careful shoe selection to medication to physical therapy.

If you are experiencing any signs of diabetic peripheral neuropathy contact our Aberdeen office by calling: 732-566-2841 for an appointment as soon as possible. Early detection and proper treatment can greatly reduce your risk of serious diabetic complications.

 
 
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Be Alert to Signs of Diabetic Neuropathy, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen