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PODIATRIST DISCUSSES NEUROPATHY

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Brittany A. Portonova, DPM, a podiatrist who practices in Hazle Township, Pennsylvania, tells DiabetesMine, “For pain control, mild cases of diabetic neuropathy pain can be managed well with a complex mix of vitamins, most notably Vitamin B6 and B12, in addition to alpha-lipoic acid. Some vitamin stores or pharmacies will offer complex/combined vitamins that are geared specifically toward diabetic neuropathy. Moderate to severe neuropathy pain is usually well managed by a combination of over-the-counter or prescription topical pain creams and oral prescription medications with much success.”
 
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Dr. Brittany Portonova
 
Dr. Portonova continues, “Secondarily to pain management, we look to supplement with proper supportive shoes, orthotics, and diabetic shoes. It’s important in the presence of neuropathy to be fitted for these devices by either a podiatrist or credentialed pedorthist to make sure that you are getting a quality product that will not cause any unwanted blisters, sores, or infections in the setting of neuropathy. Lastly, therapy and exercise regimens are highly recommended to help with chronic pain, weakness, and gait disturbances that can affect those with neuropathy.”
 
Source: DiabetesMine [1/3/22]


Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News

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