Chronic Pain

7 Self-Care Treatment Tips for Diabetic Nerve Pain


Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage due to diabetes. The high blood glucose levels damage the nerve fibers throughout the body, often affecting the feet and legs. Diabetic neuropathy may be prevented with controllable sugar levels and a healthy lifestyle. If neuropathy remains untreated, serious complications can occur where self-care is not effective. 

1. Manage your Blood Sugar Levels

The common cause of diabetic neuropathy can be prevented if you are able to control your blood sugar levels and stay on target. A healthy lifestyle includes a healthy well-balanced diet, regular exercise regimen, sticking to a scheduled glucose check, and taking your medications on time. If you are unable to manage your diabetes, contact your healthcare provider.  

2. Acknowledge your Symptoms

Many are unaware of their symptoms where a small injury such as a cut or blister on your foot goes untreated causing further damage and pain. The signs and symptoms range from pain, tingling, or weakness to changes in your digestion, bowel movements, sexual function, urinary complications, or sudden nerve pain in affected area. Once you notice any of these symptoms contact your healthcare provider to control and manage your diabetic nerve pain.

3. Daily Foot Inspections

Be aware of your feet to prevent any future infections. Every evening check the top, sole, and in between each toe on your feet. If you are unable to see your feet, use a mirror or have another inspect your foot. If you notice any issues, take action to delay any healing.

4. Foot Care

Everyday wash your feet using a gentle cleanser in lukewarm water. To prevent trapped moisture, dry thoroughly in between each toe. Moisturize your feet to prevent dryness but avoid moisturizer in between your toes. Trim your nails every 6-8 weeks to avoid cutting into other toes. Cut your nails straight across but still following the nails natural curvature. Never cut down into the corners, use a nail file to smooth the rough corners. Contact a podiatrist if you notice an ingrown toenail or a toenail has broken the skin.

5. Avoid Being Barefoot

Avoid being barefoot, always wear socks and shoes that won’t rub or cause any blistering even at home. Being barefoot you are more prone to injuries. Try to avoid wearing flip-flips, slip-on shoes, and pointy-toe shoes. When wearing new shoes, break them in gradually by wearing them only an hour at a time.

6. Medications

There are several medications that treat other diseases and conditions but alleviate diabetic neuropathy pain such as antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and opioids. Consult your healthcare provider to better understand the benefits and side effects of the medicine.

7. Quit Smoking

Smoking increases the risk for complicated foot issues of diabetic neuropathy. Smoking also causes issues with circulation. Ask your healthcare provider to help you quit!

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