Join a world-class health care system
Complete by Quick Pay, My Marshfield Clinic or mail
Find answers to health questions, symptoms and medications
Welcome our newest babies and view or share their first photos
Follow us in the news to see how we’re changing health care
Make a patient referral, access medical education and research
Find learning opportunities for students, residents and fellows
Learn about MCRI’s five research centers and scientific discoveries
Access appointments, medical records, bills and financial assistance
Learn about medical care in more than 80 specialties
Get wellness and healthy living advice every day
Support our mission with a gift or by attending an event
Use MC CARES for same day transfers and referrals
Access care and treatment for common ailments
Visit our gallery for a series of dynamic exhibitions
Quick Doctor Search
Type a condition, name, specialty, or location.
Select a specialty
Peripheral neuropathy is a term that refers to temporary or permanent damage to the peripheral nerves—the nerves that carry information to and from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. This damage is one of the most common complications of diabetes. Find out more about peripheral neuropathy by taking this quiz.
Symptoms are often worse at night. Peripheral neuropathy affects the peripheries of the body. These are the toes, feet, legs, hands, and arms, the NIDDK says. Symptoms include:
Treatment focuses on controlling blood sugar. Bringing blood sugar under control helps prevent further nerve damage. This may be accomplished by better meal planning, exercise, medicine, and monitoring blood sugar and A1c levels. Symptoms may worsen at first, but then ease as normal blood sugar levels are maintained, the NIDDK says. If pain is a problem, your healthcare provider also may prescribe a pain reliever or other medicines that treat pain. Your provider can also help with problems related to digestion, urinary and sexual functions, and dizziness.
Pay special attention to areas of your body affected by neuropathy. If your feet and legs are affected, you should check those areas every day for wounds or sores or other problems. Call your healthcare provider if you develop an open sore or have any injury to your arm, legs, fingers, or toes.