Diabetes Foot Pain: Strategies for Coping With Diabetes Foot Pain
Strategies for Coping With Diabetes Foot Pain
Like you, I have type 2 diabetes. Of all the craziness that goes along with that, the fear factor of foot related issues is what causes me the most stress.
I have a weird kind of neuropathy going on. I dont have loss of feeling I have extreme sensitivity instead. Socks make me crazy, I hate wearing shoes, and dont get me started on trying to sleep!
I put a community question up on our Facebook page and many of you offered advice. I tried several things suggested and am going to share those experiences here. But first, what causes the foot pain and neuropathy in the first place?
Diabetes peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is caused by uncontrolled high blood sugar levels sustained over a long period of time. These high sugars cause breakdowns in the walls of the small blood vessels supplying the nerves with oxygen and nutrients.
High sugars can also prevent the nerves from transmitting signals to our brain. Neuropathy can also be caused by other factors such as alcohol abuse, smoking, high cholesterol, mechanical injuries (like carpal tunnel) and plain old genetics.
In addition, the medicine Metformin may also lower your Vitamin B-12. A deficiency in B-12 can lead to neuropathy so be sure to check with your doctor to be sure that you have enough Vitamin B-12 in your system.
There are several types of neuropathy. With peripheral neuropathy, youll experience the tingling, numbness, burning or shooting pains and can cause you to lose the ability to feel pain or changes in temperature. Typically, this type is in your feet and some Continue reading