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How does a doctor know the difference between diabetic nerve pain and peripheral arterial disease?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine
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In brief: Diabetic neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy usually causes pain in the lower extremities at rest.
Peripheral artery disease is usually cramping in the calves when walking. Ultimately your doctor can decide with good physical exam.

In brief: Diabetic neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy usually causes pain in the lower extremities at rest.
Peripheral artery disease is usually cramping in the calves when walking. Ultimately your doctor can decide with good physical exam.
Dr. Vance Harris
Dr. Vance Harris
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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care

In brief: Different Systems

Both can cause lower extremity paib vut the arteries are evaluated by feeling pulses in the feet, using a doppler to compare blood pressure in the arms to the legs and by history of pain in feet and legs worse with walking.
Nerve testing is done with a simple plastic fiber and a good history. Neuropathy can different kinds of pain but also numbness, treatments are very different for both problems.

In brief: Different Systems

Both can cause lower extremity paib vut the arteries are evaluated by feeling pulses in the feet, using a doppler to compare blood pressure in the arms to the legs and by history of pain in feet and legs worse with walking.
Nerve testing is done with a simple plastic fiber and a good history. Neuropathy can different kinds of pain but also numbness, treatments are very different for both problems.
Dr. Michael Miller
Dr. Michael Miller
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