Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy is fairly common among diabetics. High blood glucose levels can impact the nerves over time. Among diabetics, the feet are particularly vulnerable to nerve damage.

Common Symptoms of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

  • Shooting pain in the feet or a sudden burning sensation which mostly occurs during sleep.
  • Peripheral neuropathy is not continuous and may occur in episodes.
  • The patient might experience numbness or loss of any sensation starting from the toes and slowly moving upwards.

Good blood sugar control is the key to preventing diabetic complications. In addition, the patient might be prescribed specific medications (depending on the severity of the symptoms and the degree of blood sugar control) to treat peripheral neuropathy.

Pinched Nerve 

A pinched nerve can happen when the nerves that run towards the toes get compressed. In most cases, a pinched nerve develops from wearing tight shoes. It can also develop due to repetitive stress or trauma.

Common Symptoms of Pinched Nerves

  • Sharp or shooting pain felt mostly at night.
  • A radiating pain which moves down the foot and then moves back up again and is felt the most when walking.

Treatment of pinched nerves may include the following:

  • Use of better fitting footwear.
  • Use of inserts for footwear.
  • Prescription of anti-inflammatory medicines and topical anti-inflammatory gels.
  • Cortisone injections or surgical procedure are more effective in treating severe cases.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the tibial nerve (found near the ankle) is compressed or pinched as it moves through the tarsal tunnel. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome can develop from an existing condition such as flat feet, or other conditions such as inflammation due to arthritis and injuries.

Common Symptoms of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • A tingling or burning sensation in the affected foot.
  • Radiating or shooting pain, in which the pain moves from the bottom of the foot towards the heel.
  • Numbness and cramping which tends to become more acute when resting or sleeping.

Treatment of tarsal tunnel syndrome usually involves the use of anti-inflammatory medication, addressing an existing condition (flat feet), and the use of cortisone shots. Your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure known as tarsal tunnel release if your case is severe.

No Reason to Wait

Timely medical attention can help prevent nerve damage from progressing and its associated symptoms from becoming acute. If you are suffering from any of the above-mentioned conditions, consult with a foot and ankle specialist to seek an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment as soon as possible.

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Dr. P. Roman Burk
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