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What causes diabetic nerve pain on feet?

Diabetes is a long-term medical illness that impacts how your body uses food for energy. As a result, your blood sugar levels can rise too high if you have diabetes. Your nerves and blood vessels, particularly the ones in your foot, could be harmed by this. 

 

Diabetes patients are susceptible to developing diabetic neuropathy, often known as diabetic nerve discomfort. It is brought on by excessive blood sugar levels, which harm the body's nerves.

Although diabetic nerve pain can occur everywhere in the body, it most frequently occurs in the foot. Numbness, tingling, scorching, acute pain, and excruciating pain are symptoms of diabetic nerve pain that might vary from person to person.

An extremely crippling ailment, diabetic nerve pain. It can make it challenging to stand, walk, and sleep. In addition, serious side effects like foot ulcers, infections, and amputation can potentially result from it.

 

Causes of Diabetic Nerve Pain

The leading cause of diabetic nerve pain is high blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels can damage the nerves in the body, including the nerves in the feet.

Other factors that can increase the risk of developing diabetic nerve pain include:

  • Age
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Kidney disease

 

Symptoms of Diabetic Nerve Pain

Each person will experience diabetic nerve pain differently. While some people may only suffer minor symptoms, others may struggle to stand or walk because of their symptoms.

The most common symptoms of diabetic nerve pain include:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Burning
  • Sharp pain
  • Aching pain
  • Swelling
  • Weakness
  • Muscle cramps

 

Complications of Diabetic Nerve Pain

Diabetic nerve pain can lead to several serious complications, including:

  • Foot ulcers
  • Foot infections
  • Foot deformities
  • Amputation

 

Treatment for Diabetic Nerve Pain

Each person will experience diabetic nerve pain differently. While some people may only suffer minor symptoms, others may struggle to stand or walk because of their symptoms.

 

Medication

Several medications can be used to treat diabetic nerve pain. These medications include:

  • Anticonvulsants
  • Antidepressants
  • Narcotics

 

Exercise

 Exercise can help to increase blood flow and lessen damage to the nerves. Additionally, it may aid in pain relief and sleep improvement.

 

Foot care

Taking good care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes. This includes:

  • Checking your feet for any signs of injury or infection
  • Washing your feet daily
  • Drying your feet thoroughly
  • Using a moisturizer on your feet
  • Wearing shoes that fit well and provide support

 

Surgery

Surgery may occasionally be required to relieve diabetic nerve discomfort. However, this is often only carried out when other treatments fail.

 

Prevention of Diabetic Nerve Pain

Controlling your blood sugar levels is the most excellent approach to shield yourself against diabetic nerve discomfort. Eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and take your medicine as directed to achieve this.

  

 

Conclusion

Diabetes-related nerve pain is a severe disorder that can be extremely painful and uncomfortable. People with diabetes can, however, take a variety of steps to both avoid and manage their illness. For example, people with diabetes can assist in protecting their feet and avoid diabetic nerve pain by controlling their blood sugar levels, exercising frequently, taking proper care of their feet, and seeing their doctor regularly.

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