Diabetic neuropathy is the most common complication that affects people with diabetes. If you’re feeling tingling in your toes or fingers, the integrative medical team at Reid Physicians Group in Jacksonville, Florida, can assess your hands and feet and provide treatment to help stop the progression of this condition. Call today or schedule an appointment online to get started on treatment.
Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage caused by diabetes, which is a chronic health condition characterized by elevated blood sugar. The damage itself is caused by the elevated sugar in your bloodstream.
Diabetic neuropathy can affect any of the nerves in your body, but it most often affects those in your legs and feet. The severity of your symptoms also varies depending on the degree of damage caused by the neuropathy.
There are four primary types of diabetic neuropathy, and you can potentially be affected by one or more type. They are:
Peripheral neuropathy is the most common type of the condition and affects the nerves in your legs and feet, as well as your hands. This type of neuropathy causes numbness, tingling, burning, and pain. It may also cause muscle weakness and affect your coordination and balance.
The autonomic nerves control your bladder, heart, digestive tract, eyes, and sex organs. If your autonomic nerves are damaged by high blood sugar, you may experience a variety of different symptoms such as loss of bladder control, constipation, or a slowdown in your stomach’s emptying.
With mononeuropathy, only one nerve is damaged, usually in your face, torso, or leg. This type of neuropathy can be very painful and is more common in older adults.
Radiculoplexus neuropathy affects the nerves in your legs, hips, and buttocks and may only cause symptoms on one side of your body. Symptoms may include pain or weakness in your legs or buttocks, weight loss, or abdominal swelling.
Treatment for your diabetic neuropathy depends on the type of neuropathy you have. The team at Reid Physicians Group works with you to develop an individualized treatment plan to reduce your symptoms and prevent further damage.
Improving your blood sugars may be one of the most important things you can do to stop the progression of the disease. Your provider works one-on-one with you to develop strategies to improve blood sugar control, which may include diet, exercise, or weight loss.
Your provider may also provide treatments to help relieve pain, such as natural botanical compounds, active rehabilitation, or custom-made orthotics.
For expert care of your diabetic neuropathy, call Reid Physicians Group or schedule an appointment online today.