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On average, people take 6,000 to 10,000 steps each day. With each step there are normal movement patterns that should be completed. When these patterns deviate from normal, a variety of conditions can often result.

One quarter of the people living in America suffer from a foot condition called Diabetic Neuropathy.  Diabetic Neuropathy can cause insensitivity or a loss of ability to feel pain, heat, and cold. The most common symptoms include numbness and loss of feeling, usually in the feet and hands.

Diabetics suffering from Diabetic Neuropathy can develop minor cuts, scrapes, blisters, or pressure sores that they may not be aware of due to insensitivity in their 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
  • Hammer Toes
  • Charcot Feet (softening of bones in the feet)

Diabetic Neuropathy is a complication of diabetes that affects the nerves. The most common type of Diabetic Neuropathy is called peripheral neuropathy and affects the peripheral nerves, which are the nerves that go out from the brain and spinal cord to the muscles, skin, internal organs, and glands. Peripheral neuropathy impairs proper functioning of these sensory and motor nerves.

 

The most successful way to prevent Diabetic Neuropathy from occurring is to control your diabetes. It is important to maintain blood sugars at normal levels and maintain normal blood pressure.

Recommendations to help prevent Diabetic Neuropathy include:

  • Stop smoking
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink
  • Have regular physical exams
  • Have regular blood and urine tests
  • Exercise regularly, according to your doctor’s recommendation

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Footwear made specifically for diabetics
  • Socks without seams
  • Custom-fitted, custom-crafted arch supports (orthotics)

Visit a Foot Solutions fit expert today for a free digital foot assessment, consultation and treatment recommendations for effective non-invasive solutions.

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Christopher Cole, Licensed Board Certified Pedorthist

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