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If you have diabetes, high blood sugar levels could cause nerve damage, known as diabetic neuropathy. Neuropathic pain, or neuropathy, is different from other types of pain, so it requires a special approach. At Centennial Spine and Pain our experienced team of neuropathy specialists offer interventional pain management procedures customized for your symptoms. Call to book an appointment today at Centennial Spine and Pain to begin Living Your Best Life.


Burning Feet Q&A

What is diabetic neuropathy?

Diabetic neuropathy is a nerve condition that may affect people with diabetes. It can take several forms:

Peripheral neuropathy is the most common kind of diabetic neuropathy. It typically affects your feet and legs first, then your hands and arms. Symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy may include:

  • Tingling
  • Burning
  • Sharp pains
  • Cramps
  • Increased sensitivity to touch
  • Numbness
  • Insensitivity to pain, heat, and cold

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy also increases your risk of developing ulcers (raw, nonhealing wounds) and infections.


What causes diabetic neuropathy?

When you have diabetes, your body is unable to regulate sugar levels in your blood. If you have Type 1 diabetes, it’s because your pancreas doesn’t make any insulin (the hormone that controls blood sugar levels). With Type 2 diabetes, your body produces insufficient quantities of insulin or has become resistant to its effects.

The result is excess sugar circulating in your blood. With Type 2 diabetes, in particular, you can have high blood sugar levels for years without realizing it. During that time, the excess sugar damages nerves and blood vessels around your body.

How is diabetic neuropathy treated?

It’s essential to manage your diabetes well to reduce the nerve damage it can cause. A healthy diet, plenty of exercise, and watching your weight can all help manage your condition. However, be sure to attend regular checkups and measure your blood sugar regularly as well.

The experienced Centennial Spine and Pain team offers a variety of treatments for existing nerve damage. Anti-seizure medications like gabapentin calm nerve activity, which reduces pain. Antidepressants like amitriptyline and duloxetine can also ease mild to moderate nerve pain.

If you have nerve pain that makes you sensitive to touch, capsaicin cream may help reduce the sensations. In addition, Centennial Spine and Pain offers advanced treatments for more severe or persistent diabetic neuropathy symptoms. These include Spinal Cord Stimulator, Peripheral Nerve Stimulator, nerve block injections, and radiofrequency ablation to name a few.