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Surgery for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy, or DPN, is a common complication of diabetes. It occurs when high blood sugar levels damage the nerves, especially those in the legs and feet. DPN can lead to various symptoms, including numbness, tingling, burning sensations, and pain in the affected areas. It can also cause muscle weakness and affect balance and coordination. Over time, it can have serious complications if not managed properly. Surgery to release nerves in the legs has been shown to help people with this affliction and researchers have found that when people had such surgery, they experienced less pain and had an improved ability to feel touch. Surgery on a specific nerve in the tarsal tunnel area seemed to work best in these cases, and those who underwent such surgery were less likely to get ulcers or need amputation. If you suffer from DPN, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a full evaluation and treatment. Surgery may or may not be right for you, but new developments are constantly being made in this area that can potentially be helpful.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of Podiatry Care Specialists. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in West Chester, and Broomall, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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