You Don’t Have to Get Burned by Neuropathy

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June has come to a close, which means we’ve reached the end of National Wound Healing Awareness Month, too. The month of awareness may have ended, but those of us at Westfield Foot and Ankle hope that you’ve learned a lot and will carry these lessons with you for the entire year. For the final week, we’ll be talking about neuropathy and other nerve damage that can limit the sensation in your feet and leave you vulnerable to wounds.

What is Neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that starts with a slight tingling or burning in isolated regions of your feet but can turn into a complete loss of sensation in your entire foot. This type of nerve damage is especially common among diabetics because it’s often caused by poor circulation and extended periods of hyperglycemia.

What’s the Risk?

The risk imparted by peripheral neuropathy is more than living with a perpetual stinging in your feet; the limited sensation also leaves you vulnerable to step on a sharp object and unknowingly developing a wound or ulcer. Any wound on your feet is susceptible to infection, but a wound you don’t know about is especially high-risk for becoming infected.

How Do I Prevent It?

Avoiding peripheral neuropathy is one of the many steps you have to take to avoid wounds, and thereby, infections. Keep your nerves healthy and active by:

  • Strictly monitoring blood-sugar levels

  • Quitting or at least limiting smoking

  • Wearing custom orthotics that support feet allowing for better blood flow

The very best way to avoid peripheral neuropathy is to see a podiatrist regularly. If you’re located in Westfield, IN, or the surrounding Hamilton County area, see certified wound specialist, Dr. David R. Sullivan. Along with his friendly team, he’ll help set you on a path to avoid neuropathy and wounds. Make an appointment online or call (317) 896-6655 today.