What do you know about neuropathy? Get to know more about the condition that could be impacting the day-to-day lifestyle of your family, friends, and even your own. Maybe you have been experiencing new symptoms that could be the warning signs of nerve damage. This month, the PediFix team wants to highlight neuropathy, one of the common complications of diabetes.
Defining the condition
In short, we describe neuropathy as damage to or destruction of your nerves. Peripheral neuropathy refers to the effects on the nerves that start from your spinal cord and go to your arms, hands, legs, and feet. Podiatrists focus on a patient’s feet and ankles. Common symptoms include numbness, pain, and also muscle weakness. Unfortunately, people can often dismiss their body’s warning signs and walk around with an undiagnosed condition.
Knowing the cause
Diabetes is one cause of the condition, but there are others. Examples include injuries, infections, metabolic issues, and even certain types of cancer. If you experience either of these scenarios, communicate with your doctor regularly. While there is no cure for peripheral neuropathy, early detection can help with pain management.
One of the dangers of this condition is a person loses the ability to feel or sense danger lurking under their feet.
According to the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy, here are 5 tips to stay safe at home:
- Clear your home of clutter Stepping on something sharp or oddly shaped could damage your skin
- Select the right rugs If you choose to use rugs, make sure they are non-slip
- Keep the lights on Step in the right places by keeping a well-lit home
- Use caution on the stairs Hold the rail and keep the stairway clear of any clutter; always take your time.
- Watch where you stand Don’t stand on a chair, a box, or any other object; falling is a risk.
Neuropathy is a condition that can cause a person to think twice before taking a step. They must also check their feet and their skin more regularly. When nerves are damaged, it is possible to miss noticing a cut or a bruise that can go untreated. Do you have this condition?
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