The Truth About Diabetic Foot Numbness
January 11, 2019
If you have diabetes, you probably have been told to take care of your feet. This is because minor foot problems can quickly become more serious issues. One of those is diabetic foot numbness. The truth is, diabetic foot numbness is due to nerve damage called diabetic neuropathy.
What causes diabetic foot numbness?
Diabetes can cause problems in your hands and feet because of 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 kind of neuropathy. Symptoms are different for everyone, but you might experience pain, tingling, or total loss of feeling in your feet and toes.
Neuropathy is not only uncomfortable, but you are also more likely to develop more serious injuries such as a foot ulcers. This can happen when a small injury grows if you do not catch it early. For example, you may not feel a cut or a pebble in your shoe. If you continue to walk on the small cut or a blister without knowing, it can get worse, become infected, and develop into a foot ulcer.
This is why it's so important to wear socks every day if you have diabetes. Protecting your feet is very important. If you are experiencing any diabetic foot numbness, talk to your doctor about your symptoms.
What can I do if I have diabetic foot numbness?
Unfortunately, diabetic neuropathy cannot be cured or reversed. But the good news is that you can do things to help keep your neuropathy under control and prevent more serious injuries.
If you have 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 medication are all good places to start.
If you're also experiencing any pain in your feet and toes, there are products you can try to reduce pain. Foot creams, Epsom salt soaks, supplements, and even switching to diabetic shoes made to support your feet can help ease discomfort.
Disclaimer: Neuropathy symptoms may vary from individual to individual. Please consult with your doctor before pursuing any type of treatment.