How is peripheral neuropathy in diabetes treated?

Your healthcare provider should look at your feet at each office visit to check for injuries, sores, blisters or other problems. As a reminder, take off your shoes and socks when you're in the exam room.

If the doctor thinks you might have nerve damage, you may have tests that look at how well the nerves in your arms and legs are working. Nerve conduction studies check the speed with which nerves send messages. An electromyography (EMG) checks how your nerves and muscles work together.

To treat nerve damage due to peripheral neuropathy, you will need to keep your blood glucose levels in your target range, manage your pain and protect your feet. Many people get depressed when they have nerve damage and may need medication for depression as well as counseling.

Medications to relieve pain and reduce burning, numbness and tingling are available. Some of these are known for their use in other conditions but they still seem to help those with nerve damage. Choices include medications also used for:

  • seizure prevention
  • depression
  • pain

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