Simple Steps for Neuropathy ( Diabetes )
Numbness in your feet is a serious condition, and an all too common one in people who’ve had uncontrolled diabetes for many years. The most important step in treating this problem is to identify that you have it.
Most people see a doctor when their feet hurt, but you can’t feel any pain. Check your feet by touching them with your hands and examining them every single day. This can help you identify when your feet have changed in any way. If you do notice a change in either the shape of your foot or in the skin, or if you injure your feet, see a foot care specialist immediately. Do not wait until an infection develops.
If you have nerve damage and numbness in your feet, your shoes can make a major difference. Make sure they’re fitted properly, by a pedorthist if necessary, and find out whether you need special shoes or inserts to protect your feet. Check your shoes each time you wear them for foreign objects, nails, or anything else that could injure you. Also, be sure your socks are not wrinkled or twisted. You may want to switch to socks without a seam. Sometimes, it can put too much pressure on your toes.
Talk to your physician about other treatments for neuropathy. He or she can help you control your blood glucose as well as possible, which may also help prevent the numbness from getting worse.