The Truth About Diabetic Foot Numbness
January 11, 2019
If you have diabetes, you may have heard about foot problems that might come up. One of those is diabetic foot numbness. The truth is, diabetic foot numbness is due to nerve damage, also called diabetic neuropathy.
What causes diabetic foot numbness?
Diabetes can cause long-term problems in your hands and feet, especially if you have high blood sugar over time. One of those problems is diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN), or nerve damage. More than 70% of people with diabetes will develop some form of neuropathy. Symptoms are different for everyone, but you might experience pain, tingling, or total loss of feeling. If you are experiencing diabetic foot numbness, a symptom of neuropathy, make sure that you talk to your doctor about your symptoms.
Neuropathy not only causes discomfort, but you're also more likely to develop an injury such as a foot ulcer. You may not feel a cut or a pebble in your shoe. When you continue to walk on a small cut or a blister without knowing, it can get worse, become infected, and lead to more serious issues. This is why it's so important to wear socks every day to protect your feet and check with your doctor if you have any signs of numbness in your feet.
What can I do if I have diabetic foot numbness?
Unfortunately, diabetic neuropathy cannot be cured or reversed. But the good news is that there are things you can do to keep your neuropathy under control and prevent further injuries from developing.
If you have diabetes and neuropathy, keeping your blood sugar under control is one of the best things you can do to manage your symptoms. Sticking to a healthy diet, incorporating exercise into your routine, and talking to your doctor about any medications that might help are good places to start.
If you're experiencing any pain in your feet and toes with your neuropathy, there are products you can try to reduce pain. Foot creams, Epsom salt soaks, supplements, and even switching to diabetic shoes specially made to support your feet might help ease discomfort.
The Siren Diabetic Socks and Foot Monitoring System also can help you detect and manage foot ulcers caused by neuropathy. It combines the idea of regular diabetic socks with new technology to help you find potential injuries. There are tiny temperature sensors embedded into the fabric of the socks constantly monitoring the temperature of your feet. They look for a temperature difference between your feet, which is a sign of inflammation. Inflammation is a precursor to injury, so by measuring inflammation, you can prevent more serious injuries before they occur.
If you're interested in reading more about how Siren Socks work with neuropathy, don't miss our post, "Do Siren Socks Treat or Cure Neuropathy?"
Disclaimer: Neuropathy symptoms may vary from individual to individual. Please consult with your doctor before pursuing any type of treatment.