Lisa, what is peripheral neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy is when damage is done to the nervous system. The damage is noted in the fingers, toes, and limbs of the body.
Symptoms may include feelings of burning, tingling, or numbness in fingers and toes. This can cause difficulty in feeling or picking up objects with fingers and stumbling when toes/feet do not feel the floor. Long term numbness and muscle weakness can result in muscle wasting, paralysis, and un-noticed ulcers in skin and muscle tissue.
Peripheral neuropathy may be secondary to the diagnosis of diabetes. Peripheral neuropathy may occur five years after the diagnosis of diabetes.
Recommendations: Every Tuesday, diabetics should remove shoes and socks to check feet and legs. If unable to pull feet up to visualize or have another person check the feet, place a mirror on the floor to exam feet. Should there be concern with findings of breakdown of skin, material between the toes, or any bleeding, you will have Wednesday through Friday to schedule a visit with your health provider.
Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/peripheralneuropathy/detail_peripheralneuropathy.htm
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