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Diabetes Awareness Month | Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

| November 9, 2015 | Reply

SONY DSCWorld Diabetes Day and Diabetic Foot Pain

Nov 14th is World diabetes day so I thought it would be appropriate to put up this article up about diabetes and foot pain.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease with many possible causes, which can affect people from all age groups.  The two main types of diabetes are type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.  There is also a third type of diabetes called gestational diabetes, which only appears during pregnancy.   Diabetes is a disorder of how your body metabolizes the food you ingest for energy.  Generally speaking your body is supposed to convert carbohydrates, sugars and starches in to glucose.  Glucose is the sugar that enters into your blood stream and with the help of insulin your body can absorb glucose and use it for energy.  Diabetes develops when your body does not make enough insulin or does not use insulin properly resulting in high amounts of glucose in your blood stream.

There are a wide range of complications from diabetes such as: heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, loss of mobility, depression, peripheral neuropathy and amputation to name a few.  Physical inactivity and obesity are strongly linked to type 2 diabetes and in some cases, if started early enough, life style changes and losing weight can help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy?

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN) is a side effect of diabetes that is estimated to occur in 50 to 90% of individuals who have had diabetes for more than 10 years.  Neuropathic foot pain symptoms can fluctuate and can be described as burning, aching, numbness, tingling and/or loss of feeling in the foot and ankles and/or lower legs.  Symptoms are often worse at night.

Although initial symptoms and the course of DPN vary, once neuropathic pain begins, it is almost always progressive leading to increased discomfort and disability.  Furthermore, individuals with DPN are at a greater risk for foot trauma and infections due to a decreased circulation.

How Can Capilano Help?

Capilano’s Magnetic BioStimulation (MBS) Therapy is a viable treatment option for DPN.  At Capilano Rehab our MBS G-Pulse is a state-of-the-art system that combines pulsating electromagnetic energy (of low frequency) with monochromatic infrared rays.  The application is safe, allows for deep penetration, and does not have side effects.   If you have a pacemaker, you will not be able to have the treatment.

How soon will I see results and what kind of results can I expect?

You can experience a significant reduction in pain early in the treatment program.  Obviously, results vary depending on factors such as the severity of your condition, the length of time you have had the problem, and how quickly your body heals.  MBS practitioners typically advise that patients with chronic DPN conditions should expect at least ten MBS sessions, initially attending 3 times per week.  MBS has been assessed by medical researchers as one of the more effective treatments for diabetic neuropathy pain that is currently available.

How do I start?

You can start now!  Call 780-466-1104 to book your complimentary screen evaluation.  At Capilano we want to make sure that you will be a good candidate for Magnetic BioStimulation Therapy so we provide a complimentary screen to make sure this program is right for you!

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Capilano Rehab Centre | Physical Therapy Capilano physical therapists have provided state-of-the-art physical therapy, sports physiotherapy, back pain, WCB, accident, whiplash and injury rehab to clients in Edmonton for over 10 years.

5832 Terrace Rd Edmonton, AB. T6A 3Y8

(780) 466-1104

 

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About the Author ()

I am Capilano Rehab Centre’s Community Care Coordinator. I have been with Capilano Rehab for 9 years primarily as a Physio Assistant, but also as a Receptionist. I have a Physical Education Degree from the University of Alberta, which I will eventually use when my two young children are grown up. In the mean time I am enjoying helping people in the Community through my role as Community Care Coordinator and bringing awareness to how a Physiotherapist can help you get back to the activities you love the most!

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