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According to most studies, more than half of the people who have diabetes experience nerve damage. People with diabetes indeed have notoriously sensitive feet caused by nerve damage, or what is also known as diabetic neuropathy. This neuropathy can lead to increased sensitivity, tingling sensations, numbness, pain, and discomfort. 

People who have diabetes can develop diabetic neuropathy, but these risk factors can make them more likely to get nerve damage.

  • Poor blood sugar control - uncontrolled blood sugar means your blood sugar is too high and puts you at risk of every diabetes complication that can damage your nerves.
  • Being overweight - a bodyweight greater than what is considered healthy (Having a body mass of 25 and above) can increase your risk of diabetic neuropathy.
  • Smoking shrinks and hardens your arteries, causing you to reduce the blood flow in your legs and feet, resulting in difficulty in healing wounds in your body and damaging your peripheral nerves.
  • Kidney Disease - the high level of sugar in the blood damages tiny filtering units of each kidney and eventually leads to kidney failure. Around 20 - 30 percent of people develop kidney disease, which can lead to nerve damage.
  • A history of diabetes in the family - type 2 diabetes can be hereditary. This doesn't guarantee you will develop it if your mother or father has or has diabetes, but this means that you have a greater chance of having type 2 diabetes.

What Happens When You Have Diabetic Neuropathy?

Researchers think that uncontrolled high blood sugar levels cause diabetic neuropathy. The sustained damage from it affects the nerves, causing it to interfere with their ability to send signals to the brain properly. High blood sugar also damages the walls of the small blood vessels called capillaries, which causes them to weaken. These are the vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to the body. That's why it's so easy for people with diabetes to become unaware of the state of their hands or, most of the time, their legs and feet. 

People with diabetes can easily have open wounds, sores, cuts, blisters on their legs and feet without noticing right away. And with these diabetic foot ulcers going unnoticed, infections and other serious complications may arise.

Can Diabetic Neuropathy Be Prevented?

It is better to be guided by a specialist or a doctor, but the suggestions that can reduce the risk of having diabetic neuropathy include:

  • Maintain blood sugar levels within the target range. This ranges within 70 to 99 mg/dL (3.9 to 5.5 mmol/L).
  • Workout or exercise regularly, keep your body active this helps the blood to circulate in your body better.
  • Maintain a weight that is suitable for your height.
  • STOP SMOKING, smoking destroys your body, and your body needs to stay healthy to function well.
  • Reduce your blood pressure and lipid (fat) by changing your lifestyle and diet. This may also involve medications that you need to take as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Have an appointment with a doctor if you feel any early symptoms, including pain, numbness in your feet, to do preventative measures.
  • Have your feet checked by a specialist such as a doctor, podiatrist, diabetes educator, or if you have symptoms and signs of problems with your feet and legs.

What To Look Out For

Here are some things that people with diabetes need to look out for to know if they are experiencing diabetic foot ulcers caused by diabetic neuropathy.

  • Lost your ability to feel pain, heat, and cold
  • Skin changes. Dry and easily cracked skin
  • Calluses, warts, or corns
  • Poor circulation or poor blood flow
  • Sores or wounds called Foot ulcers. Mostly found on the ball of the foot or the bottom of the big toe
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Infections

How To Prevent Diabetic Neuropathy Complications

Here are some things you can do to prevent experiencing Diabetic Foot Ulcers:

  • Check your feet regularly. Schedule a time every day when you can check your foot for sores, blisters, wounds, callouses. And remember, don't treat them by yourself no matter how minor it is
  • Bathe and clean your feet properly and then keep them dry. This also includes your toenails.
  • Make sure you position yourself in a way that blood flows properly.
  • Check your blood sugar regularly.
  • Intake food and supplements that help lower blood glucose levels
  • Use creams and ointments that help soothe pain and discomfort.
  • Wear diabetic socks and shoes. There are lots of footwear available that's made especially for people with diabetes. These socks and shoes offer extra support and cushion and are non-binding.

Can Ointments And Supplements Help?

Oral medications and steroid injections are known to relieve pain from diabetic neuropathy. Topical creams that contain capsaicin and lidocaine can help prevent discomfort, and these treatments are also common accessible treatments for your neuropathy. These are creams that can be directly applied to the areas where you feel pain.

Menthol is another chemical that can help with neuropathy pain relief. It's an organic substance derived from peppermint plants, specifically wild mint or corn mint, and it's found in most pain relievers. This chemical is found in topical skin creams used to treat mild pain and has been beneficial in combating chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.

Menthol creams used to treat chemotherapy-induced neuropathy are effective because of their immediate efficacy, low cost, ease of access, and the fact that they are non-drugs.

Along with these treatments, people with diabetes have explored a variety of medicines and supplements to help them manage their condition. These supplements are intended to aid in blood sugar control, insulin resistance reduction, and the prevention of diabetes-related complications.


Where To Get Diabetic Wellness Products

Diabetic Sock Club offers high-quality, soft, non-binding diabetic socks in different shapes, forms, and colors to cater to all of your needs. You may even fill out a quiz to see which type of socks would suit you the best. We also have wellness products such as DSC Hemp Cream For Neuropathy Aches & Nerve Pain and DSC Blood Sugar Ultra Support Supplement.

Diabetic Foot Health is very crucial, no matter how minor it may seem to the naked eye. People must stay on top of their feet condition and take the necessary steps to prevent more significant issues, such as pain, discomfort, and infections. Wearing the proper footwear like diabetic socks is vital to the improvement of your quality of life.