Peripheral neuropathy means nerve damage in your legs and feet. It may affect your feet's ability to feel, move, or even sweat. You're at higher risk of this condition if you have diabetes and have trouble managing your blood sugar. Turn to EvergreenHealth Foot and Ankle Care for expert help to protect your feet over the long term.
Your peripheral neuropathy symptoms depend on the type of nerves affected:
- Sensory nerves – Foot numbness or tingling, or a prickly, burning pain in the feet or legs
- Motor nerves – Muscle weakness, loss of balance, or changes in the foot's shape
- Autonomic nerves – Dry, cracked skin
An EvergreenHealth doctor will perform simple tests of your reflexes and ability to feel touch or vibration. You may also need a neurologic exam.
Treatment starts with diabetes management to control your blood sugar. You may also benefit from:
- Medications to treat symptoms such as burning or tingling sensations
- Physical therapy to restore your balance
Preventing Foot Problems
You're more likely to have foot problems if you can't feel cuts or injuries. That's why you should:
- Check your feet every day for sores, blisters, or changes in appearance, which can get worse and cause serious conditions, like Charcot foot
- Wear shoes that fit well to prevent foot damage
- Make appointments regularly with your EvergreenHealth podiatrist, endocrinology specialist, and primary care doctor