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Richardson Podiatry Center

Peripheral Neuropathy: One of the Health Concerns for People Living with Diabetes

Here at Richardson Podiatry Center, we see quite a few diabetics. People with diabetes have certain conditions which affect the health of their feet. These conditions are peripheral neuropathy (where people lose feeling in their feet), decreased circulation, and also skin conditions such as fungus and ingrown toenails. The most troubling problem diabetics have with their feet is peripheral neuropathy. Approximately 20%-40% of people with diabetes will develop peripheral neuropathy over their lifetime. What peripheral neuropathy will do is that, with the loss of feeling in your feet, you cannot feel any type of injury to your foot. It’s common for people with peripheral neuropathy for their feet to feel like blocks of wood. They can step on any type of sharp object; they can cut their feet and not know it. They might not see the problem until they see redness and swelling and maybe even drainage coming from a wound. At that point, the infections are very hard to treat because, again, it’s not only peripheral neuropathy caused from diabetes, they also usually have decreased circulation. When you have decreased circulation, your body cannot fight infections like a person without diabetes.