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Nerve Damage to the Feet Caused by Diabetes

The nerves of the body send signals to its parts in the periphery, such as the feet. A diabetic who has developed nerve damage from long-term high blood sugar levels may have a side effect known as neuropathy. This results in a lack of feeling in the feet, which may cause other harmful side effects. Some risk factors that can cause neuropathy include overconsumption of alcohol, imbalance in vitamin B levels, and certain medications. Among the symptoms of diabetic nerve damage are prickling, tingling, and burning sensations. In addition, someone with diabetic neuropathy may experience sharp, shooting pain that feels like being pricked by a needle. If you have nerve damage in your feet, you may also be at risk of developing ulcers from sores, cuts, or wounds that go undetected due to numbness. Although there is no cure yet for diabetic neuropathy, several treatments are available to reduce its effects. For additional help, please consult with a podiatrist who is trained in how to handle this type of condition.


Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Glenn Aufseeser, DPM from Lakewood Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.


To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Lakewood and Manchester Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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