Diabetes Foot Neuropathy? Yes, But Don’t Blame Diabetes Alone for Neuropathy
Diabetes foot neuropathy is today’s topic of discussion. We will be covering the causes of this condition but I can’t really wait for is write about the risk, prevention, treatment especially about the home remedies and where you can get help. But we will have to do this in order so bear with me please?
Causes of NeuropathyPeripheral neuropathy is caused by damage to the nerves. It can be the result of infections, toxins, metabolic problems and traumatic injuries. The most common cause is diabetes.
It is difficult to pin down the exact cause of peripheral neuropathy because there are quite a few factors that could muddy the water. The doctor will have to help you eliminate some in order to be able to pinpoint exactly what is causing the problem. The causes probably vary for different types. Here are some of the causes:
- 1. Diabetes of course is at the top of our list as this is what we are concerned of the most. The way this is confirmed as a cause is when there is damage to several nerves. Approximately 50% of diabetics develop neuropathy. And the real problem is the loss of feeling in the feet that can be caused by diabetes. High blood glucose, long period of diabetes and low insulin level all contribute to neuropathy. About 30% of neuropathy cases is caused by diabetes.
- 2. Tumours can apply pressure to nearby nerves or growth can develop directly on the nerves that can be a factor to the development of peripheral neuropathy. Both malignant and benign tumours can also contribute to peripheral neuropathy.
- 3. Lifestyle factors like smoking and alcoholism can lead to peripheral neuropathy due to bad eating habits and nutrition that will deprive the body of the essential vitamins and can injure the nerves and blood vessels. Smoking can lead to narrowing and hardening of arteries reducing the blood flow to the feet and legs. Wounds may then heal slowly and peripheral nerves can be damaged.
- 4. Other auto immune diseases could lead to peripheral neuropathy including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and Guillain-Barre syndrome. Inflammation in the nerves can be caused by autoimmune factors.
- 5. Vitamin deficiencies like the B vitamins especially B1, B6, and B12 are important to the health of the nerve. The same is true with niacin and vitamin E.
- 6. Infections like some bacterial and viral ones can cause peripheral neuropathy. These include shingles (vermicelli-zoster), hepatitis C, Lyme disease, Epstein-Barr and HIV/Aids. Nerve pain can also be caused by degenerative spine disease, cancer, stroke and other infectious diseases.
- 7. Exposure to toxic substances like medications particularly those used to cure cancer (chemotherapy) and heavy metals can lead to peripheral neuropathy.
- 8. Amyloid polyneuropathy and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and other inherited disorders could lead to peripheral neuropathy. Some inherited traits can also make one susceptible to nerve disease.
- 9. Other diseases like hypothyroidism, liver and kidney diseases can lead to peripheral neuropathy.
- 10. Pressure on the nerve as in the case of car accidents and traumatic injuries from playing sports or just falling can damage the peripheral nerves. This can also happen to people who do things repeatedly like typing or from using crutches or cast and staying in one’s position for a long time. Mechanical injury to nerves can lead to peripheral neuropathy such as in carpal tunnel syndrome. Nerve pain can also be caused by surgery.
There are some misconceptions regarding the cause of diabetes foot neuropathy. Some think it is due to poor circulation caused by the narrowing of the arteries. While it’s true that changes in the circulation can lead to diabetic foot problems, the larger problem is injury to the nerves which is apt to occur when the average blood glucose level is high over time. And the problem is we may not feel it which is the trouble with neuropathy on the diabetes foot.
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