Diabetic Foot Pain

How Chiropractors Treated  Diabetic Foot Pain?

Diabetic Foot PainDiabetic foot pain is very painful and all too common for folks with diabetes. The primary treatment for diabetic foot pain is controlling levels of blood sugar. Diabetes and diabetic foot pain are becoming more prevalent. Early symptoms of diabetic foot pain are a feeling of burning, tingling, and numbness in the feet and legs.

The most common contributor to diabetic foot pain is nerve problem called Peripheral Neuropathy. Diabetic foot pain is just one of the many complications of diabetes. Another common occurrence when there is diabetic foot pain is the formation of corn and calluses. Diabetic foot pain can also produce increased sensitivity to touch, such as severe pain when feet touch a bed sheet.Another common condition that yields to diabetic foot pain are the peripheral artery damage where there is the hardening of the arteries resulting in poor blood flow to the legs and feet.

Why Do Your Feet Hurt?

In the days before modern medicine, someone who lived long enough with diabetes may have had one or both legs amputated. I assumed it did not happen anymore, until I read about people with diabetes who have ignored high blood sugar levels and developed complications requiring amputations.It seemed impossible that this could still be happening. Then the pain and numbness in my own feet sent me looking for answers. What caused it, and what could I do about it?

Diabetes and nerve damage
I learned that the path from high blood sugar to foot ulcers and amputations often goes through a condition called peripheral neuropathy, the medical term for nerve damage in the hands, feet, arms, and legs that often causes pain and numbness. High blood sugar damages blood vessels. One doctor described the extra glucose floating in the blood of someone with diabetes as similar to bits of glass scraping along the walls of veins and arteries.

The tiniest blood vessels are easily damaged. That is why eyes, feet, and kidneys are so vulnerable, showing signs of blood vessel damage, sometimes even before a person is aware he has diabetes. Fingers and toes can become numb or overly sensitive when the blood vessels that supply the nerves are hurt. The longest nerves in your body run down your spine into your feet, ending at your toes. This makes feet an easy target for damage from peripheral neuropathy. Read more here.

Diabetic foot pain is one of the first symptoms of diabetic neuropathy and the biggest cause for diabetic foot pain is peripheral neuropathy.

Diabetic neuropathy

Symptoms
There are four main types of diabetic neuropathy. You may have just one type or symptoms of several types. Most develop gradually, and you may not notice problems until considerable damage has occurred. The signs and symptoms of diabetic neuropathy vary, depending on the type of neuropathy and which nerves are affected.

Peripheral neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy is the most common form of diabetic neuropathy. Your feet and legs are often affected first, followed by your hands and arms. Signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are often worse at night, and may include:
  • Numbness or reduced ability to feel pain or temperature changes
  • A tingling or burning sensation
  • Sharp pains or cramps
  • Increased sensitivity to touch — for some people, even the weight of a bed sheet can be agonizing
  • Muscle weakness

Autonomic neuropathy
The autonomic nervous system controls your heart, bladder, lungs, stomach, intestines, sex organs and eyes. Diabetes can affect the nerves in any of these areas, possibly causing:

  • A lack of awareness that blood sugar levels are low (hypoglycemia unawareness)
  • Bladder problems, including urinary tract infections or urinary retention or incontinence
  • Constipation, uncontrolled diarrhea or a combination of the two. See more here.

Heel pain is one of the possible types of foot pain, though diabetic foot pain can also just be sharp points of pain anywhere on the foot and the best prevention for diabetic foot pain is managing blood glucose levels

Diabetic Nerve Pain: 10 Foot Care Tips to Protect Yourself

Diabetes can mean double trouble for your feet. First, diabetes can reduce bloodflow to your feet, depriving your feet of oxygen and nutrients. This makes it more difficult for blisters, sores, and cuts to heal. And second, the diabetic nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy can cause numbness in your feet. When you can’t feel cuts and blisters, you’re more likely to get sores and infections. If you don’t notice or treat the sores, they can become deeply infected, and lead to amputation. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy can also cause sharp pain in your feet. You may become excruciatingly sensitive to the lightest touch, like the sheets on your bed. Fortunately, a little TLC goes a long way in preventing foot problems from diabetes.

1. Check both feet daily.

Look over both feet carefully every day, and be sure you check between all of your toes. Blisters and infections can start between your toes, and with diabetic neuropathy, you may not feel them until they’ve become irritated or infected. If a physical challenge keeps you from checking your own feet, ask a family member to help.

2. Wash with warm — not hot — water.

Wash both of your feet briefly each day with warm — not hot — water. You may not be able to feel heat with your feet, so test the water with your hands first. Avoid soaking too long in water, since waterlogged sores have a harder time healing. Dry your feet right away, and remember to dry gently between all of your toes. Read full article here.

Diabetic Foot Pain Can Be Prevented

Diabetic foot pain can be not only excruciating, it can also lead to potentially serious complications. Also using toenail oil and foot creams that are made specifically for dealing with diabetic foot pain can be essential when trying to prevent these issues. Diabetic foot pain can be a reduction of blood flow to the feet, depriving your feet of blood, oxygen, and other nutrients.

Diabetic foot pain can be treated through other ways depending on the symptoms. Diabetic foot pain can be extremely painful or cause your feet to go numb. If foot symptoms consistent with diabetic foot pain do occur, contact us here: (619) 831-8777 and follow the recommendations to keep symptoms under control. Diabetic foot pain can be prevented with regular exercise and a healthy diet.

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Author: Allison Yardley

Allison has 6 years in practice as a Chiropractor's Assistant and is a licensed Massage Therapist who writes for numerous blogs online. Feel free to comment or ask questions regarding any of Alley's blog posts.