Neuropathy is a progressive disease. That means if you leave it untreated, it gets worse and that can be extremely dangerous.
Neuropathy is a major risk factor for foot infections or foot ulcers. When our nerves aren’t working right, it becomes difficult to protect and care for our toes, feet and legs. You may injure yourself and not even feel it. If proper care and treatment is not taken, the damage may go too far. Small injuries can lead to infections, and doctors may have no choice but to amputate the parts that are too badly damaged to heal. In addition, it is possible to have permanent disfigurement in one or both of your feet (such as Charcot foot) from neuropathy. Surgery is sometimes needed to correct deformed joints that can result from Charcot foot.
What Can I do myself to help control my Neuropathy?
- Managing underlying conditions. For example, if you are a diabetic, controlling your blood sugar level helps to prevent the onset and progression of neuropathy symptoms.
- Making healthy lifestyle choices. Choosing a healthy lifestyle can help to keep your nerves healthy. For example, eating a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein, taking care of your feet, exercising regularly, taking care of your feet, quitting smoking and abstaining from drinking alcohol can all help to prevent the onset and progression of neuropathy symptoms.