Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Essay

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CHAPTER 3 -TYPES, SYMPTOMS AND DIAGNOSIS OF DIABETIC PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY While our primary focus here is peripheral neuropathy, there are other types of neuropathy that may affect a person. It is important to address them here because they can commonly be misdiagnosed as diabetic peripheral neuropathy. To date, there are four main types of diabetic neuropathy that are recognized by the American Medical Association. Unfortunately, each type of neuropathy develops at an extremely slow rate, which means that you may, or may not notice symptoms until you have begun developing problems that are associated with the specific type of disorder. Even though there are multiple types of diabetic neuropathy, the most common type is diabetic peripheral…show more content…
Wearing orthopaedic shoes might help in this situation. The most common sign of diabetic peripheral neuropathy is loss of coordination. Also, muscle weakness affects your ankle, which in turn affects your gait. Deformities may show up in your foot. The main reasons behind this are the unusual shifts in weight make the patients walk abnormally. It happens due to loss of nerve function. Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy patients are often afflicted with hammertoe. (happens when one of the three toes lying between the big toe and the little one loses shape near the joint.) You might suddenly notice blisters or sores on your feet that you can't explain. It happens when you hurt yourself and didn’t feel it. That happens because the brain is unable to send a pain signal due to nerve damage. Hurting yourself and not noticing it can be extremely dangerous. Just imagine, what happens if you burn yourself with hot and not notice it due to numbness? Exaggerated sensations is a common symptom of diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Holding a cup of even mildly warm coffee may become painful, and serious hurt can be caused when a person touches you with cold hands. Your hands or feet may feel hot or cold for no apparent

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