Is peripheral neuropathy caused by bad circulation?


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Poor circulation can cause peripheral neuropathySome doctors seem to be blaming everything on peripheral neuropathy these days. The problem is that in their next breath, they tell their patients that there is nothing that can be done for it. Poor circulation certainly is one cause of peripheral neuropathy. This is particularly true with diabetic neuropathy.


It should be noted, however, that not every case of poor circulation will lead to poor neuropathy and, certainly, not every case of peripheral neuropathy is due to poor circulation.

Circulation problems is a common cause of diabetic peripheral neuropathy. The small vessels that deliver blood to the nerves are damaged by the high sugar levels. This reduces the amount of oxygen and blood to the nerves. This causes the nerves to react by becoming numb or painful. The combination of peripheral neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease can be deadly, causing foot ulcers to form, gangrene, and foot amputation.


At Tanglewood Foot Specialists, we use SmartABI to assess for reduced circulation. This simple, painless, 30 minute in-office test wil compare pressure readings to determine if there is blockage in the arteries in your legs. Contact Dr. Schneider for an immediate appointment, often same day!


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