Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Checks (DPN)
Wondering about diabetic peripheral neuropathy? We can help by giving health teaching, support and care. Book a screening to determine if you have diabetic neuropathy.
Book a screening to determine if you have diabetic neuropathy.
What is Neuropathy?
Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can happen if you have diabetes.
High blood sugar can injure nerve fibers throughout your body. Peripheral neuropathy is the most common form of diabetic neuropathy.
Your feet and legs are often affected first followed by your hands and arms. This is sometimes referred to as mitten and boot syndrome.
There are other factors that can damage nerves including inflammation in the nerves, genetic factors, smoking, alcohol abuse, length of time you have diabetes, poor blood sugar control, as well as kidney disease.
Do you Have Signs and Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy?
- Numbness or reduced ability to feel pain or changes in temperature, especially in your feet and toes
- A tingling or burning feeling
- Sharp, jabbing pain that may be worse at night
- Pain when walking
- Extreme sensitivity to the lightest touch-for some people even the weight of a sheet can be agonizing
- Muscle weakness and difficulty walking
Diabetic neuropathy can cause a number of serious complications, including:
- Loss of a limb
- Charcot joint
- Urinary tract infections and urinary incontinence
- Hypoglycemia unawareness
- Low blood pressure
- Digestive problems
- Sexual dysfunction
- Increased or decreased sweating
- Social isolation