Peripheral Neuropathy

I am a long time diabetic and constantly experience burning pain in my feet. I have been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy. I have always been treated with medications but don’t love putting all of these drugs into my body. I heard there is an alternative treatment – TENs (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation). Do you recommend this to your patients and is it effective?

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is a complex, multifactorial condition that requires strict blood sugar control and lifestyle modification. Many of the medications for DPN target pain – but do not address nerve growth.

    If you feel more numbness then pain, I would consider integrating vitamins for nerve health. This would include L-methyl folate, alpha lipoic acid, acetyl-l-carnitine among others. In addition, exercises or keeping the circulation is very important as nerve health is dependent on micro circulation. I have found mixed results with the TENs treatment as it requires a lot of patience/compliance before seeing results. I would speak to your Podiatrist about the different alternative options for DPN, as there are many. I hope this helps!

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    Dr. Emily Splichal
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