Foot Pain and Diabetic Neuropathy













Foot pain is one of the most common symptoms associated with diabetic neuropathy.  People who suffer from foot and leg pain as a result of neuropathy often compensate for the pain by adjusting their daily activities. Daily living must be modified in order to avoid pain and further damage to the nerves.

The diabetic population suffers from neuropathy and associated foot pain more than any other population. The pain can be reduced through self-care, which should be good and consistent. There are a lot of effective things that can be done at home to prevent further nerve damage and relieve the pain caused by diabetic neuropathy.

Causes of Diabetic Nerve Pain

Diabetic nerve pain, also known as diabetic neuropathy, is caused by nerve damage. Most of the time the damage occurs because of the toxic effects of high blood sugar and poor circulation in the hands, feet, legs and arms. Over time and long-term exposure to high blood sugar levels, the nerves lose their integrity and ability to transmit sensation to pain or heat.

Prevention Tools

The most effective home treatment for neuropathy and the relief from symptoms associated with this condition is to control the blood sugar levels. When there is balance in the blood, further nerve damage can be prevented. Most of the time when the blood sugar levels are controlled, over time, the nerve damage decreases. This is the most effective and important thing to do when you suffer from diabetic nerve pain.

It is nerve pain that typically forces a person to see a doctor. However, it is the other symptoms such as numbness that land people in the hospital. Poorly healed ulcers and repetitive infections can cause major problems if left untreated or not recognized in time. These symptoms can lead a person in the hospital for prolonged periods of time. If the feet and legs are not cared for properly and infection spreads, amputation may be the end result.

Proper Foot Care

Due to the number of problems that can occur because of numbness and desensitization to pain in the feet, preventative home care is often needed. Treatment such as cleaning and inspecting your feet daily is critical. Remember, it is that tiny cut or abrasion that goes unnoticed that could get you into trouble.

Wearing comfortably and roomy shoes, such as Dr Comfort shoes can also help. This means that you should avoid tight fitting shoes that rub against any part of your foot. The rubbing sensation could cause sores or even deformation, and when they are desensitized you may not even be aware of the pain.

Please see The Podiatrist if you are experiencing  any problems.



About Your feet and podiatry with Caron Orelowitz | Registered Podiatrist - Auckland

Caron Orelowitz was born in Johannesburg and emigrated to New Zealand in 1997. She studied Podiatry at The Witwatersrand Technikon and was in private practice in South Africa for a few years, before setting off to ‘the other side of the world’. Auckland Podiatry. Since 1998 she has been helping people of all ages who have problems with their feet, from the elderly, to sports people, and those who just want some TLC for the feet. At present she has 5 practices (with a satellite Diabetes Practice out West Auckland), owns a children’s shoe shop (Scooters in Remuera), and tries to fit in some exercise when time permits. Caron is an active member of Podiatry New Zealand (NZ), and holds the position of Treasurer for the Auckland Branch, as well as representing the Northern Region on the Executive Council. She is registered under HPCAA (Health Practitioner Competency Assurance Act), and is often seen attending (and organizing) Seminars and workshops. Caron has a special interest in Paediatrics and can often be seen on the floor showing children some exercises. ACC registered Discounts for Super Gold Card Holders, members of Grey Power and Green Prescription participants.

Posted on October 22, 2012, in Contact a Podiatrist, What is a Podiatrist, Your feet and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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