Because we spend so much time on our feet, dealing with an ankle or foot problem can be extremely difficult. It often goes away as soon as we put our feet up and relax. But it’s far more serious for diabetics who experience nerve deterioration in their feet. The question is: will the problem go away on its own, or is it time to see a neuropathy specialist?
Knowing and recognizing the difference can determine whether a patient will live in constant pain (and possibly suffer a permanent injury), or happily go about everyday life.
Pain Means Something’s Wrong and It’s Time For Diabetics To Seek Neuropathy Treatment
It’s normal for feet to hurt after a long day of walking and standing, and the only real treatment is to put them up and give them a rest. But sometimes the pain doesn’t go away on its own; and for those suffering with diabetes it can happen often. This is when it’s time to seek help from a neuropathy specialist with experience in treating diabetics with nerve problems in their feet and ankles.
This could include ankle and foot problems such as hammertoes, flat feet, fungal or ingrown toenails, heel and/or arch pain, bunions, ulcers, infections, splints, gout, swelling, discoloration, sprains, fractures, warts, tumors, moles, cysts, and many more.
Normally, pain that does not leave any visual marks, bumps, lesions, or disfigurements goes away in a couple of days without special treatment. But neuropathy treatment is vital to a diabetic patient’s health, and without it they could lose the limb–or even their life.
A Neuropathy Specialist and Diabetes Patients
Diabetics often suffer nerve deterioration, which kills any feeling in their feet and ankles. And because they can’t feel any pain, they often suffer a fracture or break without noticing. This can cause serious infections that, without neuropathy treatment, could lead to serious health problems, or even death.
Diabetic patients often need the expertise of a physician after injuring themselves that normally wouldn’t be necessary. For example, if a patient stepped on a nail they would feel pain, realize they’ve injured themselves, and seek treatment. But those with little or no feeling in their feet wouldn’t realize they’ve hurt themselves, and the wound could fester and become infected.
Diabetics are also more likely to develop other conditions due to the lack of feeling in their limbs. Gangrene is common, and without pain the condition often worsens to the point where amputation is likely. Flattening or swelling of the feet is also common. One medical problem to watch out for specifically is Charcot arthropathy, which is when the bones in the feet weaken, move out of position, and can even break, causing serious problems requiring professional help.
Even though an injury or condition might seem minor, it’s imperative that a diabetic patient seek help from a neuropathy specialist as soon as they are injured. While the condition can never be completely cured, a professional neuropathy treatment can significantly improve a diabetic patient’s quality of life.