Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Applies to: Foot/Ankle

Diabetic Peripheral NeuropathyDiabetic peripheral neuropathy is the most common complication of diabetes. About 60-70 percent of all people who suffer from diabetes will develop diabetic peripheral neuropathy although not all will experience pain from the condition. It is possible to prevent or minimize nerve damage by controlling blood sugar levels. Diabetic neuropathy may lead to numbness, pain, or loss of sensation in the feet, legs or hands.

Risk factors for developing diabetic peripheral neuropathy include:

  • degree of glycemic control in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • duration of diabetes
  • age
  • smoking
  • hypertension
  • hyperlipidemia