Diabetes can mean double trouble for your feet. First, diabetes can reduce blood flow to your feet, depriving your feet of oxygen and nutrients. This makes it more difficult for blisters, sores, and cuts to heal. And second, the diabetic nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy can cause numbness in your feet. When you can't feel cuts and blisters, you're more likely to get sores and infections.
If you don't notice or treat the sores, they can become deeply infected, and lead to amputation. A sad reality: having a toe, foot, or lower leg surgically removed is 10 times more likely in people with diabetes.
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy can also cause sharp pain in your feet. You may become excruciatingly sensitive to the lightest touch, like the sheets on your bed.
Symptoms of Diabetic Nerve Pain
It is important to seek a healthcare provider if you have any of these following symptoms:
- Numbing sensation.
- Tingling sensation.
- Burning sensation.
- Sharp pains.
- Very sensitive to external objects.
- Muscle weakness.
Causes of Diabetic Nerve Pain
Some causes of diabetic nerve pain include:
- Inflammation of nerves.
- Excessive alcohol consumption.
- Excessive smoking usage.
Treatment of Diabetic Nerve Pain
Diabetic nerve pain can get progressively worse if untreated, it is important to treat it via:
- Medication (consult a doctor).
- Chiropractic rehabilitation.
- Ice therapy.
- Heat therapy.
- Stay hydrated.
- Maintain blood pressure.
Prevention of Diabetic Nerve Pain
Some preventative measures include:
- Eat nutritious foods.
- Exercise regularly.
- Stay hydrated.
- Maintain a relatively healthy blood pressure.
- Do not smoke.
- Do not consume alcohol.
If you experience diabetic nerve pain and would like to take a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.