Is Diabetic Neuropathy Linked to Back Pain?

January 30, 2019

If you have diabetic neuropathy and experience back pain, you might wonder if the two are linked.

In fact, it's possible the two symptoms have common causes. While back pain can point to a number of different conditions, neuropathy could be one of them.

Neuropathy is caused by damage to your nerves. Since your spine is a major center of the nervous system, spinal nerve damage might be a cause for your back pain.

So, what causes nerve damage? Actually, there are more than 100 potential causes of neuropathy, diabetes being just one of them. Other causes include autoimmune disease, substance abuse, and injury.

Click here for more information about the relationship between neuropathy and back pain.


If you're interested in reading more, check out Diabetes Health: Why Do My Feet Feel Numb?




Prevention of Foot Ulcers: What Can I Do?

January 22, 2019

The thought of developing foot ulcers might raise the question in your mind: what can I do to prevent that from happening? First of all, the fact that you are reading about prevention means you’re already on the right track. Here are some key ideas to keep in mind as you tend to your foot health.

TLC for your feet

Don’t we all like a little attention now and again? Well, our feet are no different! Checking every day for cracks, callouses, and any signs of wear and tear will ensure an ulcer gets treated as soon as possible. Try using a mirror to make sure your check is thorough.

Also, applying lotion daily will help keep the dry areas of your foot healthy. Here are some recommendations for a daily foot care routine.

Focus on Hygiene

Never underestimate the power of good hygiene! To help prevent foot ulcers from developing, wash your feet every day with soap and warm water. Also, keep your feet dry (except when washing them, of course) 😉 .

Make sure to maintain trimmed toe nails and frequently switch out your socks for a fresh pair.

Give your feet a rest

Since staying off your feet reduces pressure, it can also lessen any pain you might be experiencing. Of course, exercise is essential to improving your health. All the same, there is a time and place for everything. Taking a break can prevent existing ulcers from expanding and developing infection, too. So, give your feet a rest!

In addition, wearing comfortable shoes that fit really well can do a lot toward keeping your feet happy.

Talk to your doctor

Alerting your doctor early is an important step in the prevention of foot ulcers. If you see signs of an injury, don’t hesitate to make an appointment.

A medical professional might recommend you wear particular shoes, inserts, casts, braces, or compression wraps to protect your feet. Also, he or she may prescribe medication that will help fight off infection if necessary.


Interested in reading more? Check out Could You Benefit from Siren Diabetic Socks? and Why Are People with Diabetes at Risk for Foot Ulcers?