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What is the difference in the way your foot heals with peripheral neuropathy?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 33 years experience
No difference: From the neuropathy in itself. However, if neuropathy causes decreased sensation, this may lead to abnormal pressure areas which will be unperceived and therefore uncorrected. This will slow healing. Charcot foot which can result in those with certain forms of neuropathy can lead to a continued cycle of fractures and swelling.
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Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 51 years experience
Diabetic: Neuropathy may effect small vessels and cause wounds not to heal.
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 30 years experience
The issue: With neuropathy is that someone without neuropathy may not get the injury to begin with. Once something occurs i.E an ulceration healing technically should be the same but when a person has neuropathy they may also have comorbidites like diabetes.
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Last updated Feb 23, 2013
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