Neuropathy (Nerve Damage) Screening

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

At Good Foot Podiatry, we use advance instrument to test for nerve damage in the feet. This test only takes 1 to 3 minutes and is completely painless. Our device is easy to use, similar to a Biothesiometer.

The danger of peripheral neuropathy, especially in a person with diabetes, is not perceiving pain from an injury or tight shoes as painful. Unfortunately, wounds in a person with diabetes can quickly become infected, and if there is associated poor circulation not treated in a timely manner, it can lead to loss of a limb. This is the most common reason why so many amputations being performed on people with diabetes.

What type of nerve function is assessed by the Device?

Vibration testing is used to assess large fiber nerve function. Large fiber nerves are known to register vibration, light touch, and position sense. Damage to these nerves results in a general sense of numbness which can potentially lead to diabetic foot complications

The O’Brien Medical electronic tuning fork EFT128is ideal for assessment and tracking of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy in the feet. The device can be used by other specialist to test entrapment neuropathy, carpal tunnel, radiculopathy, fall risk, and pre-/post-operative nerve release.

So, if you experience:

  • Numbness, tightness, tingling, burning or pins-and-needles sensation in the feet.
  • Shooting pain through the foot
  • Loss of balance due to muscle weakness
  • Foot deformities
  • Dry feet