Neuropathy is a nerve disorder that affects the nerves that supply the hands or feet. When the nerve is affected by neuropathy, symptoms such as numbness, strange hot or cold sensations, lack of sweating or increased sweating, and loss of feeling may be felt. Often peripheral neuropathy felt by diabetics is accompanied by loss of feeling in the legs and feet, making it difficult to walk. Cause Diabetic neuropathy in the feet is caused by the deposition of sugar on the nerves that lead to the feet. It’s a result of diabetes. Treatment & Prevention There are new emerging treatments for neuropathy that include hyperbaric oxygen treatments. However, many people don’t have the opportunity to receive these treatments. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been found to initiate nerve re-growth and regeneration. The traditional treatments for neuropathy include the following, many which are still good preventative treatments: • Don’t take a chance that you’ll develop foot infections from having neuropathy. Wear shoes with a wide toe box and a high toe box. Use orthotic inserts or sensitive feet insoles. Monitor your feet daily for any negative changes. • Exercise daily. • Schedule regular doctor and podiatrist office visits. • Stop bad habits such as smoking or drinking alcohol. • Work with a dietitian on lowering blood sugar levels.