Quantitative sensory testing—the use of stimuli to check for neuropathy
Quantitative sudomotor axon reflex test—a test to evaluate the nerve supply of sweat glands
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Your nerves may need to be tested. This can be done with a
Treatment may include:
Blood Glucose Management
It is important to regularly monitor blood glucose levels. Meal planning, exercise, and/or medications can help.
Footcare will be needed to avoid
ulcers. The nerves in the feet are the ones most often affected by neuropathy. This care will involve regular visits to a foot doctor and careful cleaning, inspection, moisturizing, and grooming of the feet. In addition, always wear well-fitting shoes and thick, soft, seamless socks to help protect your feet from injuries.
Nerve decompression surgery may be done to reduce pain.
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