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What does a person with diabetic foot neuropathy go through?

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Dr. Kevin Nolan
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Diabetes/neuropathy: They are at higher risk of getting an unnoticed injury. They often report feeling like they are walking on a crumpled up sock or like the are walking on marbles. They should inspect their feet every day on waking and before they go to bed.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Symptoms vary : Depending on the affected nerves, symptoms of diabetic neuropathy can range anywhere from a numbness and tingling sensation, possibly a burning sensation, to an uncomfortable painful sensation of the extremities. For some people, these symptoms are mild; for others, diabetic neuropathy can be painful and disabling. Neuropathy is one of the precursors of developing a diabetic foot ulcer.
Dr. Ernest Isaacson
Podiatry 21 years experience
The majority of horror stories regarding amputations occur in diabetics with diabetic neuropathy. If you or someone you know has symptoms of neuropathy it is important to go for regular foot exams.
Feb 14, 2013
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Firstly, one should : Try and avoid becoming neuropathic. Some believe, tight glycemic control may help. Some studies reveal early detection can be reversed through various nutrional supplements. Once diagnosed, one needs to be diligent in examining the feet every day. Routine check ups with podiatrist are important. Callouses etc, best be handled by podiatrist.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 12 years experience
Pain, numbness. : When diabetics have uncontrolled blood sugars their nerves pay the price over time. They can have tingling, burning, "tight" feelings, pain, and numbness, and once it happens it's impossible to get normal sensation back. Some medications reduce the tingling, but nothing can reverse numbness.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
Pain : Diabetic neuropathy can be extremely painful and usually can't be reversed but there are drugs to help manage the pain and supplements that help. Get a nerve fiber density test to see how bad and after being on meds for a while do. The test again. I have some success with it.

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