Diabetes & Foot Pain
Nearly a quarter of all diabetics develop foot problems, some of which will be very painful. These foot
conditions shouldn't be taken lightly. Sometimes the condition can be so serious that it results in an amputation
Neuropathy and Foot Problems
The reason diabetics have foot problems is because of poor circulation and neuropathy, the latter condition
causing the inability to feel heat or cold or an insensitivity to temperature. Sometimes a diabetic isn't aware that he has a blister or pressure sores or even cuts and scrapes, because of the
lack of sensitivity in his feet. Although these injuries may be minor, if they aren't treated it can lead to ulceration and even to amputation if the condition worsens.
When neuropathy is present, foot deformities can arise including Charcot's foot, hammer toes and bunions.
Diabetics are advised to look at their feet on a daily basis to make sure that there aren't any cuts or injuries present.
The pain that is associated with peripheral neuropathy, which is caused by damage done to the nerves by
diabetes, manifests in several ways, according to Diabeteslife.com, including sensory neuropathy. When this occurs, the pain that the individual feels is far worse than what is causing it, such
as putting a pair of socks on, which normally doesn't hurt. However, for a diabetic, this can be excruciating. The lightest touch can be horribly painful to the diabetic. Other symptoms are
tingling, stabbing, burning and numbness. When there is nerve damage, it can cause the feet to ache. If the diabetic's blood sugar level spikes, this may cause these symptoms.
To relieve the pain, Diabeteslife.com suggests using a foot roller on the bottom of the feet or massaging the feet. Ask your doctor if there is a pain medication that you can take.
Autonomic and Motor Neuropathy
Autonomic neuropathy affects the nerves of the feet. Diabetics can develop thickened nails and foot
calluses that cause great pain. Cracked skin and dry skin are also hallmarks of a diabetic's feet. People suffering from diabetes also suffer from dry or cracked skin. To prevent this, you can
use conditioning agents made especially for diabetics.
Motor neuropathy affects your muscles. The diabetic must keep her muscles flexible and healthy via stretching and massage and eating a balanced diet.
If your circulation is poor, which tends to happen with diabetics, this can cause extreme pain. Ask your physician about appropriate medication and physical therapy to improve your circulation and reduce pain.
Diabetics are prone to getting bacterial infections that are extremely painful. When this occurs, the foot or feet become swollen and red. According to All4naturalhealth.com, diabetics are slow healers, which allows bacteria into the system. Because you might not feel the pain, it is extremely important to visually inspect your feet every day if you are a diabetic.
Wear comfortable and supportive shoes that provide ample space in the toe area. Do whatever you can to
protect the health of your feet, because this is of critical importance if you are a diabetic.