November is diabetes awareness month and Peripheral Neuropathy is a common complaint in patients that suffer from Diabetes. Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that can exhibit symptoms such as burning, tingling, and numbness in the feet. The cause is due to a increased blood sugar over a period of time. The best way to manage peripheral neuropathy is good glucose management. HgA1C is a test that measures a three month average blood sugar. The goal would be to keep that number between 4 and 6.
Peripheral neuropathy can cause diabetics to lose the feeling in the feet and this can lead to stepping on a foreign object and not knowing it. This can eventually develop into an infection if not diagnosed. Common complications that Diabetics can have are ulcerations, infection of skin and bone, and amputations.
Some tips for proper foot health include not going barefoot, wearing cotton white socks, not performing home surgery on the feet, checking feet daily using a mirror, checking shoes for objects, and not soaking feet in warm or hot water.
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