Posted on September 17 2021
Millions of Americans are living with a painful nerve condition called diabetic neuropathy. Managing this condition requires a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach.
This is the most common form of diabetic neuropathy. Signs and symptoms are often worse at night, most commonly occur in the hands and feet.
and may include:
- Numbness or reduced ability to feel pain or temperature changes
- A tingling or burning sensation
- Increased sensitivity to touch
- Shooting pain
Some approaches to managing diabetic neuropathy pain are:
Staying active can help prevent diabetic neuropathy from progressing. Getting plenty of physical exercise can help control blood sugar levels, reduce inflammation, and improve the functioning of your nerves.
If you smoke, it’s important that you take steps to quit. Smoking has a negative impact on circulation and can make your neuropathy worse.
Care for your feet
Diabetes and foot problems tend to go hand in hand. Neuropathy can make it difficult to know if you have cuts or sores on your feet. This can lead to infections and serious complications. Check your feet daily for signs of cuts, sores, or blisters, and avoid wearing tight shoes or socks that can reduce circulation.
Whether you do it yourself or visit a massage therapist, massaging your feet and hands with a deeply soothing cream can increase your circulation, stimulate your nerves, and help soothe your neuropathic pain.