Diabetes-related foot pain is a common problem for diabetic people. This is because diabetes can cause diabetic nerve damage, which reduces blood flow to your feet and deprives your feet of nutrients and oxygen. As a result, your sores, cuts, and blisters will take a much longer time to heal. Fortunately, Dr. Nirav Patel has developed numerous effective solutions for preventing diabetes-related foot pain.

Diabetes and Your Feet

Untreated diabetic cases often cause damage to your blood vessels and nerve endings. Moreover, high blood sugar levels can cause nerve pains and poor circulation, especially to the feet, as they are far away from your heart. This can lead to diabetes-related foot pain.

Symptoms of Diabetic Foot Pain

The following are the common symptoms of diabetic foot pain:

  • Slow-healing cuts and wounds
  • Weakness or numbness
  • Increased sensitivity to normal things, e.g., feeling uncomfortable when wearing socks.
  • Tingling

Prevention Tips

Below are some easy-to-follow guidelines on how to prevent diabetes-related foot pain:

1. Control Your Blood Sugar

In 2006, a study that was done by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases proved that strict management of blood sugar levels minimized the risk of people with type 1 diabetes for peripheral neuropathy symptoms by 64 percent. Therefore, the most effective prevention for nerve pain is managing your blood glucose level.

2. Inspect Your Feet Daily

Remember always to check both of your feet and between your toes carefully daily. This is because blisters and infections often begin between your toes, and you may not be aware of them until they start irritating or get infected.

3. Consult Your Doctor

Since nerve damage is unpredictable, it is advisable to consult your healthcare provider once you notice any changes in the sensation in your feet, legs, and toes. This is also true when you develop any unusual tingling sensation, pain, or numbness.

4. Wash with Warm Water

Briefly but carefully wash both of your feet daily with warm water. However, avoid soaking them for too long as you will develop waterlogged sores.

5. Dry and Moisturize Your Feet

When you have diabetes, your skin tends to become dry and cracked due to high glucose levels. As a result, bacteria find it easier to penetrate your skin and cause infections to heal slowly. Using small skin lotion amounts daily and keeping your feet dry can help reduce the risk of getting diabetic foot pain.

6. Wear Well-Fitting Shoes

Even the slightest misfit shoe can cause you to have a blister that later develops into a sore. Therefore, you should always remember to buy well-fitting shoes to avoid infecting your feet.

7. Exercise

Finally, engaging in cycling, yoga, tai chi, swimming, or any other exercises with minimal feet impact can significantly help you prevent diabetes-related foot pain. Remember to consult with your doctor before beginning any of these exercises. 

Conclusion

In addition to causing you unbearable discomfort, diabetes-related foot pain could be an indicator that you have nerve damage and circulation complications. Therefore, once you notice any symptoms of diabetic foot pain, it is crucial to seek comprehensive medical attention from Dr. Nirav Patel, DO, at Premier Vascular. Dr. Patel is a medical expert in treating diabetic foot pain symptoms and providing intensive medical care. For a free consultation, feel free to book an appointment online or contact one of our offices in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens in New York City or Yonkers, NY.

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Diabetes-related foot pain is a common problem for diabetic people. This is because diabetes can cause diabetic nerve damage, which reduces blood flow to your feet and deprives your feet of nutrients and oxygen. As a result, your sores, cuts, and blisters will take a much longer time to...