Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Overview:

Diabetic neuropathy, a condition in which nerve function deteriorates in the body's extremities, leads to a gradual loss of feeling in the hands, arms, legs, and feet. Patients may experience numbness, pain (e.g., tingling, shooting pain, burning sensation), and weakness in the extremities.

Diabetics suffering from neuropathy can develop minor cuts, scrapes, blisters, or sores that they may not be aware of due to insensitivity in the feet. If these minor injuries are left untreated, complications may result and lead to ulceration and possibly even amputation. Neuropathy can also cause deformities such as bunions and hammer toes. It is very important for diabetics to take the necessary precautions to prevent all foot-related injuries. Daily observation of the feet is critical. When a diabetic patient takes the necessary preventative foot care measures, he or she reduces the risk of developing serious foot conditions.

Treatments:

Along with wearing natural fiber socks and proper fitting footwear:

  • Massaging Insoles improve circulation as the glycerin fluid pumps up and down along the arch of your foot. This all-day massaging action improves blood flow and circulation in the feet and lower body. The "pump" action creates and releases pressure on your feet as you walk. This push and release action flushes the blood pools that have accumulated on your feet and allows new oxygen rich blood to flow in. Also, the insoles protect the soles of your feet by contouring to your feet, reducing the friction forces to your skin and absorbing the shock to the feet.



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