Sensory peripheral neuropathy affects the periphery of the body–the arms and legs. The legs and feet are usually affected first. Symptoms in all of the limbs can include loss of feeling, burning sensations, and cramps.
The condition can be particularly hard on the feet. Left untreated, many complications can arise in the foot area. In some cases, these complications can lead to further issues in the lower body (which is not getting enough support from the feet), and even to bone problems, which can result in amputation.
Sensory Peripheral Neuropathy: Additional Information
Sensory peripheral neuropathy shares at least two things in common with other forms of neuropathy: it does its damage through the nerves; and diabetics are more prone to get it than others. These two facts work in conjunction with one another, as diabetics are more apt to develop nerve damage in general. This is due to diabetics’ blood glucose levels.
One way for diabetics to attempt to avoid or mitigate the effects of this disorder is to closely monitor glucose levels in order to keep them as stable as possible. Help is also found in the form of dietary supplements that include thiamine. This vitamin has proven itself very valuable when it comes to nerve health.