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Is diabetic foot numbness reversible?

Is diabetic foot numbness reversible?

Numb Diabetic Feet: We have found in our podiatry clinic that there is a lot of variability in levels of severity of diabetic neuropathy and symptoms also vary but mostly early symptoms of numbness, stabbing, burning, tingling and electric shocks that are recurrent when resting seem to be correlating with fasting blood sugar levels. Symptoms are less when patients have good sugar control; you should strive for this. ...Read more

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Feet and hand numbness. Diabetic. Neuropathy?

Feet and hand numbness. Diabetic. Neuropathy?

Perhaps: Sensory neuropathy is broken down into large fiber (loss of sensation, loss of proprioception) and small fiber (burning, tingling sensation). Most patient’s state the numbness starts at the tips of the toes and slowly works it way up the legs. When it gets to the level of the knee you start to get the loss of sensation in the tips of the finger ANS then the hand, . ...Read more

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Can diabetic peripheral neuropathy be reversed?

Holly Barth Dr. Barth
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Can diabetic peripheral neuropathy be reversed?

Some: Usually by getting a diabetic person's sugars tightly controlled, some of the neuropathy will be reversed. However, severe nerve damage is a permanent problem. Dr kurzweil review: there is no question that well-controlled diabetes helps prevent progression of the complications. I'm not aware of evidence that actual pathological changes in peripheral nerves can be reversed. ...Read more

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Can a leg ulcer cause diabetic retinopathy?

Can a leg ulcer cause diabetic retinopathy?

No: A leg ulcer will not cause diabetic retinopathy. The two are related though. A person's whose diabetic disease has progressed to the point of having a leg ulcer will also often have diabetic retinopathy. Both happen with poorly controlled diabetes. ...Read more

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Can artificial sweetener worsen diabetic neuropathy pain?

Can artificial sweetener worsen diabetic neuropathy pain?

No: It should not make your diabetic neuropathy pain worse and it may lead to slightly better glucose control which can slow progression. While I do not endorse using artificial sweeteners much as they can lead to weight gain with certain patients, due to increasing that "sweet tooth" sensation, it has its place in moderation in a diabetic diet. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Could diabetic neuropathy be reversed?

Great question!!: You have entered into the frontiers of medicine, and briefly, we do have a prescription medical food, metanx, which has been biopsy proven to restore density of small fiber loss in diabetes. There is also some data to suggest better outcomes with very strict blood sugar control.. In europe, there are a few drugs which seem to offer further promise, but not yet on usa market. ...Read more

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Can diabetic foot ulcers heal?

Can diabetic foot ulcers heal?

Yes: If cause of ulcer is properly addressed and there is adequate circulation, absence of infection, adequate health/nutrition as well as proper offloading /eliminating excessive pressure on area. ...Read more

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Is diabetic perepheral neuropathy reversible?

Is  diabetic perepheral neuropathy reversible?

It is not: You can stop progression by very tight control of glucose. Glucose is damaging your nerves try grain free, soy free diet, sugar free. ...Read more

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How can you treat non-diabetic peripheral neuropathy in my feet?

How can you treat non-diabetic peripheral neuropathy in my feet?

Pain, numbness. : Non-diabetic neuropathy is treated the same way as diabetic neuropathy in most cases. If you have tingling, burning, and numbness, or even pain, it's often impossible to get normal sensation back. Some medications reduce the pain or tingling, but nothing can reverse numbness. See your doctor for possible oral or topical medications. ...Read more

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Could diabetic neuropathy happen if blood sugars are managed?

Yes, but less often: Add regular low impact cardio exercise to further decrease chances of developing diabetic peripheral neuropathy (dpn). ...Read more

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What causes diabetic foot infections?

Brittany Chan Dr. Chan
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What causes diabetic foot infections?

Multi-factorial: Diabetics often develop nerve damage, which can decrease sensation especially over the lower extremities. Ulcers can then develop on the feet, usually on pressure points from standing or a tight-fitting shoe. Diabetics may also have poor circulation, which can lead to breakdown of tissue and impaired healing of the ulcer, and high blood sugar allows bacteria to grow and cause infection. ...Read more

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Can diabetic neuropathy be cured?

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Can diabetic neuropathy be cured?

Diabetic neuropathy: Diabetic neuropathy has no known cure. Fortunately, there are treatments for diabetic neuropathy. The treatment mainly focuses on slowing progression of the disease, relieving pain, and restoring function. ...Read more

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How to treat non-diabetic peripheral neuropathy?

It depends: It depends on the etiology of what is causing the neuropathy. Often times in a diabetic the cause is the medical condition. In a non-diabetic where the diabetes is not the etiology one may look towards the back i.E herniated disc etc as a possible cause. Medications chosen are esentially the same. For both conditions nutrional supplements i.E l-methyl folate, (folic acid) alpha-lipoic acid and befotalamine. ...Read more

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What is the "nerve damage" in diabetic neuropathy?

What is the "nerve damage" in diabetic neuropathy?

Many facets: Sensory neuropathy is broken down into large fiber (loss of sensation, loss of proprioception) and small fiber (burning, tingling sensation). Motor neuropathy causes gait instability and deformities of the feet. Lastly autonomic neuropathy effects include stomach emptying and erectile dysfunction. ...Read more

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How are diabetic foot ulcers treated?

How are diabetic foot ulcers treated?

Multiple remedies: Wound care requires multi-discipline input for proper wound healing. There are multiple modalities and multiple strategies to get a wound closed but it takes a knowledgeable well trained specialist to know when to implement the appropriate treatment during the course of wound healing similar to a conductor leading an orchestra. ...Read more

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How are diabetic foot infections diagnosed?

How are diabetic foot infections diagnosed?

Signs of Infection: Redness extending around the wound and either going up in a streaking pattern or circumferential around the wound, hot in the same area of the redness, swollen foot/limb, loss of function, severe pain (when normally you shouldn't feel pain b/c of the neuropathy) malodor and water or pus type of drainage. Seek attention immediately. ...Read more

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Can diabetes cause peripheral nerve disorders?

YES!: Yes! diabetes can be a very seriously disease - especially if not monitored closely and treated aggressively. High sugars often lead to nerve damage in the arms/legs that result in symptoms known as peripheral neuropathy that results in a stocking/glove like sensation of numbness and sometimes even what is referred to as neuropathic pain. Other disorders can also cause peripheral neuropathy. ...Read more

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Diabetic Foot (Definition)

A diabetic foot is a simply the foot of a person with diabetes. Because of the nature of diabetes, a diabetic foot has certain risk factors that make observing and practicing good ...Read more


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Diabetic Nerve Problems (Definition)

Also known as diabetes neuropathy, this is a family of nerve disorders caused by diabetes that can cause pain, tingling, or numbness—loss of feeling—in the hands, ...Read more