Tigard Podiatrist

11815 SW King James Pl, Suite 60
Tigard, OR 97224
(503) 639-8107

Canby Podiatrist

358 NW 1st Ave, Suite 5
Canby, OR 97013
(503) 263-2347
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Foot and Ankle Injuries, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, bunions, ingrown toenails and sports injuries


Peripheral Neuropathy

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Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage caused by diabetes. The type of neuropathy occurring in the arms, hands, legs and feet is known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is different from peripheral arterial disease (poor circulation), which affects the blood vessels rather than the nerves.

Three different groups of nerves can be affected by diabetic neuropathy:

Sensory nerves, which enable people to feel pain, temperature, and other sensations
Motor nerves, which control the muscles and give them their strength and tone
Autonomic nerves, which allow the body to perform certain involuntary functions, such as sweating.

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy doesn't emerge overnight-instead, it usually develops slowly and worsens over time. Some patients have this condition long before they are diagnosed with diabetes. Having diabetes for several years may increase the likelihood of having diabetic neuropathy.

The loss of sensation and other problems associated with nerve damage make a patient prone to developing skin ulcers (open sores) that can become infected and may not heal. This serious complication of diabetes can lead to loss of a foot, a leg, or even a life.