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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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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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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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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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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 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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Is diabetic foot care important?

Is diabetic foot care important?

Yes: Diabetic foot care is very important. Being diabetic puts you at risk for many issues that can affect the feet. Having a specialist inspect your feet on a quarterly basis can prevent devastating effects diabetes can have including ulcers, infections and possibly loss of limb. So it is very important to have a relationship with a podiatrist who can perform this care. ...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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What are diabetic foot infections?

What are diabetic foot infections?

Diabetic foot infect: The diabetic can develop ulcers in the foot that can get colonized with bacteria and infected easily. The ability of the diabetic to heal is compromised. Often, these ulcers are colonized with more than one type of bacteria. The level of infection can advance (become deeper) very quickly and then muscle, tendon and bone become exposed creating further treatment challenges. ...Read more

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What remedies relieve foot neuropathy caused by diabetes?

What remedies relieve foot neuropathy caused by diabetes?

Multiple remedies: Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage and therefore can never be 100% restored. To improve and prevent further deterioration diet and exercise is the key. Keep blood sugars under control. Stop smoking (affects circulation to nerves) limit alcohol use which destroys nerves. Vit. B may levels should be checked and supplemented as required. ...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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How common are diabetic foot ulcers?

How common are diabetic foot ulcers?

Very: This is very common especially in diabetics with neuropathy. Since they have no feeling in their feet, they are prone to break down. Proper shoe wear and seeing your podiatrist on a regular basis is a must! ...Read more

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Can it diabetes, big toe vascular congestion?- glucose:378-swollen foot big toe hurts so bad - how to resolve pain-using vascular medicine for 10 days

Can it diabetes, big toe vascular congestion?- glucose:378-swollen foot big toe hurts so bad - how to resolve pain-using vascular medicine for 10 days

Get it under control: Control you blood sugar. Have it evaluated by a professional. In case of an infection, you may need an antibiotic. Have an x-ray taken and make sure there are no underlying bony issues such as an infection or fracture. ...Read more

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I had an old calcanea stress fracture with swelling. Can long-term foot instability, plantar fasciitis, sural neuropathy cause back problems?

I had an old calcanea stress fracture with swelling.  Can long-term foot instability, plantar fasciitis, sural neuropathy cause back problems?

Heel fracture: The answer is simply yes. Long term instability, plantar faciitis, and sural neuropathy...All cause pain. And, trying to ambulate through it, will cause you to limp. This limping will effect your back.. See a specialist, and get help. ...Read more

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When should diabetic foot patients be referred to vascular surgery?

When should diabetic foot patients be referred to vascular surgery?

Any vascular concern: If there is a concern about circulation that may affect healing, have a vascular evaluation. Not all diabetics have vascular problems that require treatment. This can always change. Having a good, diabetic foot evaluation yearly to check for concerns. Dr l. ...Read more

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What is diabetic neuropathy?

What is diabetic neuropathy?

Foot ulceration: Diabetics have loss of protective sensation to their feet. This occurs because excess glucose in the blood causes pathological changes to the nerves. Poor sensation can lead to the development of sores or ulcers. Diabetic also have poor blood supply to their feet so it is difficult to heal the ulcers. The ulcers can get infected and cause gangrene of the foot. ...Read more

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How is burning feet in diabetic patients treated?

How is burning feet in diabetic patients treated?

Many options.: Topical capsaicin may be helpful for some, while others may benefit with oral medication such as Pregabalin (lyrica), Amitriptyline (elavil), duloxetine (cymbalta), Gabapentin (neurontin), Carbamazepine (tegretol), or valproate (depakote) to reduce the painful symptoms in the feet due to neuropathy. Watch you sugar intake, and have your vitamin b levels checked and supplemented as necessary. ...Read more

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Could a podiatrist fix ideopathic toe walking?

Could a podiatrist fix ideopathic toe walking?

They could try: Stretching and proprioceptive training with heel lifts would be a way to try and help. ...Read more

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