One of the major types of neuropathy affecting the population today is neuropathy of the feet, also known as peripheral neuropathy.
The cause of Foot Neuropathy is typically a result of uncontrolled diabetes. There are other conditions that can contribute such as alcoholism and HIV. The symptoms of foot neuropathy include:
- Slow muscle reflexes
Neuropathy is caused by damage to the nerves or the surrounding outer casing of the nerve called the myelin sheath.
In cases of diabetes, the high sugar levels in the blood have caused this nerve damage.
By managing the glucose levels, the neuropathy can be brought under control if caught early. If you find you are experiencing these symptoms it is best to act fast.
Speak with your doctor and create a plan of action.
Can Neuropathy Be Reversed
There is good news if you suffer from foot neuropathy: it can be reversed if caught early.
Controlling sugar levels is of utmost priority.
If blood sugar is not brought under control, the body will not be able to heal.
The cells need to be properly supported to work and heal.
The way to do this is by making healthy choices in the foods you eat and by supplementing that which you do not get from food.
Supplements And Nutrition
Stay away from processed, refined foods.
“White” foods such as white rice, white bread, and pasta all contain high glycemic indexes which are a big no-no.
A good rule of thumb used when choosing your foods is, “If it doesn’t rot, and it doesn’t grow, then just say no”!
Choose healthy whole grains, green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, fish, lean meats and if you can buy organic.
Organic foods reduce the risk of cellular and nerve damage as they do not contain added hormones and pesticides.
This will keep your sugars down and your circulation working optimally. Supplements that have proven to be helpful with foot neuropathy are:
- B Complex Vitamin
- L-arginine-Improves circulation
- Alpha-lipoic acid-Dosage should be gone over with your doctor as you can take too much
- Omega Oil
- Gingko Biloba
By maintaining proper sugar levels and working closely with your doctor as you try new methods, you can see improvement and even reversal of diabetic foot neuropathy.