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How to Diagnose Peripheral Neuropathy?
Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS can diagnose you with peripheral neuropathy. The diagnosis is based on a physical exam, the symptoms, and the health history of the patient. If you have Diabetes your doctor may want a blood test to check your blood sugar level. The combination of high blood sugar and diabetes are a likely cause of peripheral neuropathy.
There is not a cure of peripheral neuropathy, but you are able to slow the progression and decrease pain. Oral medication can help decrease the pain. Dr. Gale will also talk to you about the importance of evaluating your feet based upon research and Medicare guidelines to spot any injuries or infections. It is best to have your feet examined by Dr. Gale at least once a year.
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Peripheral Neuropathy, what is it?
Peripheral neuropathy is damage to the peripheral nerves, which are in your toes and fingertips. They are not able to function properly if they are damaged. If a person has peripheral neuropathy they have decreased sensation in their fingers and toes and can have difficulty moving them.
Causes of peripheral neuropathy:
- Diabetes. 60-70% of people with diabetes will develop neuropathy at some point, according to the American Diabetes Association.
- Certain medications.
- Advanced age.
- Neurological disorders such as fibromyalgia and spina bifida.
- Shooting/stabbing pain
If you show any of these symptoms or any other abnormal sensations make an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS. Even if it is not peripheral neuropathy it may be a sign of another problem. Contact Us at 701-255-3338 or go online to request an appointment.
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