What is Diabetic Neuropathy?

What is Diabetic Neuropathy?

What Is diabetic neuropathy

and how to successfully prevent & treat it

Neuropathy is damage to nerve tissue within the body that prevents messages from being sent to the brain. Diabetic neuropathy, specifically, is nerve damage in the legs and feet caused by high blood sugar. Dysfunctional nerves are unable to provide normal sensation or function.

Neuropathy is not uncommon in those who have diabetes and can range from mild numbness to severe pain. If left untreated, diabetic neuropathy can be disabling and even fatal, as it is one of the most common causes of amputation in this country as well. The best defense is a good offense, so prevention is key to treating this disease.

It’s important to understand what diabetic neuropathy is and how it works, so you can identify it early, preventing progression of the disease and manage it better.

Is Nerve Damage That Bad?

Yes. The complications with diabetic neuropathy are that it if you cannot “feel” that something is wrong, you will be unaware that something is wrong. To those with diabetes, being unaware of pain or losing a sense of balance can be life-threatening over time. For instance, you could develop a Charcot foot. This disease is closely associated with (and caused by) diabetic neuropathy; fragmenting and weakening the bones within the foot. If your bones are weak, you’re more prone to a sprain, fracture or break.

If you fracture your foot and do not feel it, you will continue to walk on it. If you keep walking on it, eventually, your joints will cave in, your foot will swell, and you will likely need surgery to fix it. That’s Charcot foot, and it is one of many diseases catalyzed by diabetic neuropathy. In addition, the deformity caused by Charcot is a leading cause of ulcers on the foot. These may also lead to amputation.

Is There A Cure?

There is no known cure for diabetic neuropathy. However, being cognizant of your body and any loss of sensation, combined with a healthy lifestyle is vital to treatment and prevention. Diabetic neuropathy is caused by high blood sugar levels, so controlling those levels will control the damage done to your nerves.

How To Prevent & Treat Diabetic Neuropathy:

Paired with this, it is also essential to maintain proper blood pressure levels, avoid smoking or drinking, and practice good foot care. Of course, medication and surgery to help alleviate or cure the effects of diabetic neuropathy are options as well. A physician should periodically test you for what is called “protective sensation,” as well.

The most prominent threat from diabetic neuropathy comes from being unaware that something is wrong. If you maintain an active lifestyle, follow a healthy eating schedule and consult/update your doctor regularly then you are already taking effective steps towards prevention or recovery.

A great way to fill the gaps in your diet is through taking a multivitamin. Click here to read more about our surgeon-designed multivitamin and how it compares to other multivitamins on the market!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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Prevent Charcot Foot and Avoid Injury​

Prevent Charcot Foot And Avoid Injury

Charcot Foot

how diabetes puts you at risk

Diabetes is a significant problem in the United States. While diabetes causes many adverse effects on one’s body, the most commonly-hospitalized reason involves the foot. Diabetes causes nerve damage and poor circulation, which is a catalyst for most foot problems. In addition, diabetics are unable to heal and fight infection normally.

One of the complications caused by uncontrolled diabetes is known as diabetic Charcot neuropathy or Charcot foot. Commonly unrecognized until it gets severe, Charcot foot can deform the shape of the foot and potentially lead to disability. One of the best treatments is prevention. If this condition is not recognized and treated early, amputation can happen.

Charcot foot is a bone deformity that is a direct result of neuropathy in the foot, a decreased sensation of pain or feeling.

With a more diminished sense of pain and balance, those with Charcot foot tend not to notice as the disease’s effects as they worsen. As Charcot foot develops, it weakens the bones in the foot. This weakening becomes a severe problem since the affected person will continue to walk on the foot and cause trauma and fracturing. 

As a result of this continued stress on weakened bones, the joints within the foot collapse and cause a visible deformation usually at the arch of the foot. The Charcot foot is a result of poor healing and continuous trauma.

The weakening of the bones and the lack of sensation are the amplifiers of Charcot foot. This disease weakens the bones in the foot, so it’s more common for a sprain, fracture, dislocation, etc., to occur.

Neuropathy decreases the ability to feel an injury and a bone break or severe sprain. As one continues to put pressure on the damaged foot, neuropathy prevents the affected person from being aware anything is wrong, and further damage occurs.

Orthotics are a great way to relieve foot pain. If you have diabetes, be sure to consult with your physician to find the right orthotic option for you.

How To Treat Charcot Foot

and how to prevent it

At its core, Charcot foot is a broken bone, so treatment methods are similar to that. Pressure needs to be taken off the foot, while the bones heal naturally. Special shoes or casting will be required to achieve this in the early stages. However, if Charcot foot has progressed enough that a deformity is noticeable (usually a swollen area on the arch or ankle of the foot), surgery may be the best option.

The best way to treat Charcot foot is to catch it early before any severe damage occurs. If you notice problems, tell your doctor immediately. If you have long-standing diabetic neuropathy, you should seek professional evaluation of the foot regardless.

If you have diabetes, you’re more susceptible to this condition, so daily monitoring of your feet is imperative. Any sensation of pain – no matter the severity – should be brought up with your doctor. Redness and foot swelling are early indicators, so look out for these signs as well. If you’ve been diagnosed with neuropathy before, be very cognizant of the conditions of your feet.

Charcot foot is caused due to a lack of the person affected knowing something is wrong. To combat this, one needs merely to be aware of their feet and check them daily for any abnormalities, especially if you have diabetes or neuropathy. Any mild sprain, misstep or impact to the foot should prompt a visit to you orthopedic surgeon. Otherwise, an injury will be missed and serious interventions may become necessary.


At Well Theory, we advocate for patient-led treatment and natural therapies. 

The time to take charge of your health + overall wellness is now! Visit the Herbal Kitchen for wholesome, healthy recipes to help restore balance from the inside out – and shop our natural pain-fighting products.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
  • FDA-REGISTERED
  • PARABEN-FREE
  • 3RD PARTY TESTED
  • 100% NATURAL

Boost Your Immune System

Healthy Strategies For Boosting Your Immune System

Dr. Meredith Warner, Orthopedic Surgeon & Natural Medicine Support, discusses what she is telling her patients to do.

During these times, we have to maintain our bodies and keep them strong.

Now more than ever, it’s important to strengthen your immune system to fight off viruses and keep your body healthy and protected. All of us at Well Theory are here to help.

The name of the game is to keep your stress under control so you can reduce your body’s inflammatory response. Inflammation is thought to be one of the leading causes of many different types of chronic conditions and diseases.

Secondly, ensure your body has the nutrients it needs to fight off illness. You should be getting most of these nutrients from your diet but if that is not the case, supplementation is going to be critical.

Our first Tip:

Supplementation with an immunity-boosting multivitamin

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Meredith Warner formulated this multivitamin complex with essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and hemp to improve the health of your immune system. We use high-quality, key ingredients to keep you feeling your best from the inside out:

Full Spectrum Hemp Powder

Lowers chronic inflammation that can lead to autoimmune disorders

Magnesium Oxide

Alleviates muscle cramps, bone pain, and symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as boosting nerve function and promoting better rest.

Vitamin C

A powerhouse ingredient for boosting immunity and improving tissue repair and healing.

Zinc Gluconate

Improves cell health and development and aids in the body’s ability to fight off bacteria and viruses.

Vitamin D3

Helps the body to absorb calcium, strengthens bones, and protects against chronic disease and respiratory issues.

Calcium Citrate

Promotes stronger bones and encourages healthy nerve function by balancing blood and calcium levels.

And often as we age, our appetites decrease. The best way to efficiently absorb nutrients is naturally, through our diets – but with less food intake, you receive fewer vitamins and minerals. This loss of appetite combined with slower bone replacement – which happens naturally as you age – make supplements that specifically support bone health essential for avoiding fractures and maintaining your quality of life.

Our Next Tip:

Stay strong at home

Stay on top of physical activity and overall wellness from the comfort of your own home! From arm exercises to yoga and cardio, there are plenty of ways to incorporate low and moderate intensity workouts into your day. Just 30 minutes of activity can go a long way in boosting your mood and your strength.

Here are 10 exercises that we’ve shared to improve your home workout.

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Don’t forget the benefits of sunshine! Go for a walk, soak up some sun, and enjoy some fresh air, and exercise. Follow this up with a hobby at home and plenty of rest.

Our Final Tip:

Tools for stress

A healthy mind and body can be cultivated with exercise and by nourishing the body. Pair our Immunity Boosting Multivitamin Complex with our Broad Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture, designed to provide you with the full benefits of hemp-derived CBD for stress reduction, improved joint health, and inflammation reduction.

Looking for healthy recipes to aid in strengthening your immune system? Make sure to check out The Herbal Kitchen for balanced nutrition backed by science.

From all of us at Well Theory – stay healthy, stay positive, and do something today that you enjoy for a life lived well.

A Life Lived Well

Beyond the medicines formulated for pain relief and overall wellness, Well Theory provides you with sources to craft a happy, balanced lifestyle. From a cooking show centered around healthy recipes to informative blogs and notes from Dr. Warner herself, Well Theory helps you take control of your life so that you can age vibrantly, alleviate pain naturally, and live well.

Dr. Warner believes that small steps can make a huge difference in how you live.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
  • FDA-REGISTERED
  • PARABEN-FREE
  • 3RD PARTY TESTED
  • 100% NATURAL

Workouts To Do At Home

Workouts To Do At Home

10 Body-Sculpting Workouts

to do at home

Remember that strengthening the body with exercise and balanced nutrition is essential to strengthening your immune system! A strong immune system will help your body to fight off illness.

During this period of social distancing, it can be difficult to prioritize your health and exercise. We’re here to help by sharing 10 exercises that you can easily do to improve flexibility, build strength, and break a sweat at home for a thorough workout routine.

1. Leg Extension Yoga Stretch

Start by laying on your back on a yoga mat.

Loop a belt or resistance band around the ball of one foot, holding the ends in your hands. Slowly extend this leg straight up towards the ceiling, keeping the sole of your foot parallel to the floor.

Keep your opposite leg extended out on the floor, or bend at the knee if this is more comfortable.

Using the belt or band, gently pull your leg towards your chest, taking deep breaths and remembering to keep your leg straight. Hold this stretch for three deep breaths, and then repeat with your other leg.

2. Supine Twist Yoga Stretch

This is a great stretch to alleviate tension in your lower back. Lay flat on your back on a yoga mat and draw your upwards into a 90-degree bend. Cross your right leg over the left, and then gently twist your hips and low back to the right until your legs are resting on the ground.

Extend your arms out to the sides and look over your left shoulder, feeling the twist and stretch from your lower back to your neck. Hold this stretch for three deep breaths before repeating in the opposite direction.

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3. Happy Baby Yoga Stretch

Lay on your back on a yoga mat and pull your knees into your chest. Gently hug your knees into your armpits, feeling a stretch in your thighs and lower back. Bring your hands in between your knees to grab the soles of your feet, and bring them parallel to the ceiling. Slowly rock to the left and right, breathing deeply as you stretch and open the hips.

Yoga is a great practice for improving balance, flexibility, and overall mental and physical wellness. Read this blog on why yoga is beneficial for everyone – at any age or ability.

4. Side Stretch

Stand straight with your hands extended towards the ceiling, fingers interlaced.

Slowly bend from side to side, feeling the muscles of your abdomen stretch and extend. Remember to breathe deeply, exhaling as you bend to the side.

Take this stretch slowly. Repeat multiple times on each side of the body, stretching and loosening your oblique muscles.

5. Lateral Pulse

Work out the backs of your upper arms using a resistance band. Extend your arms straight in front of your with the resistance band around your palms. Make small pulses outwards, allowing the resistance band to activate the muscles of your arms. Do two repetitions of these for 15 seconds each.

6. Tricep Kickbacks

Use 5lb weights for this exercise. Stand with your feet a shoulder-distance apart and extend one leg a short distance behind you. Lean forward slightly and tighten your abdominal muscles, tucking your elbows up towards your body.

Grip the weights and extend your arms behind you, gently extending your elbow and engaging your tricep muscles, and then slowly curl them back until your wrists are in line with your elbows. Do 10-15 repetitions twice, resting in between each set.

7. Bicep Curls

Stand with your feet a shoulder-distance apart, knees bent slightly, and lean your shoulders forward to feel your abdominal muscles tighten. Using 5-10lb weights, grip your weights with your arms extended at your sides.

Bend your elbows and curl your hands towards your shoulders, and then lower them back towards your hips. Remember to keep your elbows as stationary as possible. Repeat this 10-15 times, rest, and then do one more set of 10-15 curls.

8. Rear Deltoid Press

Stand with your feet a shoulder-distance apart and roll your shoulders back. Bend your knees gently and lean forward slightly to engage your abdomen.

Grip your 5lb weights, hanging your arms at your sides with your elbows slightly extended. Stretch your arms out straight behind you and then slowly bring them back forward until they touch your thighs. Do 10-15 repetitions two times, resting in between each set.

9. Bent-Over Rows

Stand with your feet together and bend at the waist. Hook a resistance band under your feet and pull the band up towards your chest. Tuck your elbows into the body as you pull the band upward, exhaling as your elbows reach your waist. Do two sets of 15 rows, resting between each set.

10. Teapot Core Workout

Stand straight with your legs a shoulder-width apart. Hook a resistance band under your left foot and stretch the band upward with your left hand. Touch your right hand to your right temple, keeping your elbow pointed away from your body.

Keep your lower body tight and bend to your right with your upper body, feeling the stretch in your left oblique before returning to bend towards the left side. Repeat this for 15 times, rest, and do a second set before repeating on the opposite side.

We hope that you give a few (or all!) of these exercises a try to get your blood pumping at home, and strengthen your immune system even further with our line of Well Theory products for stress management, inflammation reduction, and overall health.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
  • FDA-REGISTERED
  • PARABEN-FREE
  • 3RD PARTY TESTED
  • 100% NATURAL