Neuropathy can Lead to a Scary Fall

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If you or a family member is diabetic, you’re familiar with the long list of complications that can come with the disease, including neuropathy. Neuropathy is a dysfunction of the peripheral nerves, which connect your brain to the rest of your body. When those nerves are damaged, they can no longer send signals to and from the brain. People with neuropathy often have numbness or tingling in their fingers or toes that can lead to serious pain. Untreated neuropathy can end up in permanent nerve damage.

What causes neuropathy?

Complications from diabetes are a leading cause of neuropathy. Elevated blood sugar levels and plaque buildups on artery walls – both issues associated with diabetes – can damage nerve fibers and cause neuropathy. Other causes are:

  • Nerve trauma from accidents

  • Vitamin deficiencies

  • Shingles

  • Alcoholism

  • Autoimmune diseases

Reduce the risk of a fall

Neuropathy increases fall chances since numbed feet can’t properly feel the ground. It’s important to eliminate any hazards that could cause trips or falls. Here are some tips:

  • Inspect your home and remove any tripping threats including clutter, power cords, or small rugs.

  • Make sure there’s adequate lighting throughout the house.

  • Wear the proper shoes for the surfaces in your house. Non-slip shoes are great for tile and wood but could get caught on a carpet and cause a stumble.

  • Install or repair handrails in any necessary areas

Treat your neuropathy

You can ease numbness, tingling, and pain from neuropathy! After consulting with your podiatrist, try some of these tips:

  • Follow all of your doctor’s instructions to keep your blood sugar levels in check

  • Eat well-balanced meals with lots of veggies

  • Cut out the number of simple carbohydrates you consume

  • Get plenty of rest

  • Quit smoking

  • Get active and improve your balance by trying yoga or tai chi. Check with your doctor before starting any new exercise programs

Are you looking for relief from neuropathy symptoms? It’s time to call us today! Here at Westfield Foot and Ankle, LLC, our podiatrist, Dr. David R. Sullivan, has years of experience treating any and all foot and ankle issues. Our conveniently located Westfield, IN office, serves both Boone and Hamilton County. Call us at 317-896-6655.