WHAT IS DIABETIC NEUROPATHY?
Diabetic neuropathy is a nerve disorder caused by diabetes.Symptoms of neuropathy include numbness and sometimes pain in the hands, feet, or legs.Nerve damage caused by diabetes can also lead to problems with internal organs such as the digestive tract, heart, and sexual organs causing indigestion, diarrhea or constipation, dizziness, bladder infections, and impotence. In some cases, neuropathy can flare up suddenly, causing weakness and weight loss.Depression may follow.
People with diabetes need to take special care of their feet.Neuropathy and blood vessel disease both increase the risk of foot ulcers.The nerves to the feet are the longest in the body, and are most often affected by neuropathy.Because of the loss of sensation caused by neuropathy, sores or injuries to the feet may not be noticed and may become ulcerated.
To prevent foot problems from developing, people with diabetes should follow these rules for foot care:
Check your feet and toes daily for any cuts, cores, bruises, bumps, or infections %u2013 using a mirror if necessary.
Wash your feet daily, using warm (not hot)water and milk soap. If you have neuropathy, you should t3est the water temperature with your wrist before putting your feet in the water.