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Early diagnosis of diabetic neuropathy promises patients the most effective treatment for the condition. But not all foot or limb pain indicates diabetic neuropathy. That’s why accurate diagnosis is just as important to help patients receive the treatment they need.

At Johns Hopkins Bayview, patients benefit from the latest diagnostic testing and medical expertise. A comprehensive evaluation—including a review of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose screenings—combined with more advanced screening, enables our specialists to rule out other causes and identify the core problem.

Neurologists in the EMG and Nerve-Conduction Lab perform non-invasive, outpatient testing to diagnose a range of nerve and muscle disorders, such as neuromuscular disease, diabetic neuropathy, muscle degeneration or pinched nerves. All of the physicians in the lab are fellowship trained and have done thousands of studies, bringing patients the best possible expertise.

In addition, our doctors can perform skin punch biopsy, a state-of-the-art procedure that helps measure nerve damage and diagnose diabetic neuropathy at its earliest stages. During the procedure, adapted from dermatology clinics, a physician loosens a small, 3-mm wide plug of skin with little risk and minimal pain.

Once a diagnosis has been made, our experts will develop a customized treatment plan for management and, in some cases, reversal of the condition.

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