Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage caused by chronically high blood sugar and diabetes. It leads to numbness, loss of sensation, and sometimes pain in your feet, legs, or hands. It is the most common complication of diabetes. About 60 to 70 percent of all people with diabetes will eventually develop peripheral neuropathy, although not all suffer pain.

Possible signs and symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy include:

• Numbness or reduced ability to feel pain or changes in temperature, especially in your feet and toes

• A tingling or burning feeling

• Sharp, jabbing pain that may be worse at night

• Pain when walking

• Extreme sensitivity to the lightest touch — for some people, even the weight of a sheet can be agonizing

• Muscle weakness and difficulty walking

• Serious foot problems, such as ulcers, infections, deformities, and bone and joint pain

Treatment options from Dr. David Provenzano

Dr. Provenzano will perform a thorough evaluation and develop a personalized treatment plan that includes the most advanced pain management techniques to treat diabetic peripheral neuropathy, which may include: