The holiday season is upon us and with that comes parades, trips to visit Santa with the kids, picking out Christmas trees, and many more activities that require you to be constantly on your feet. People with nerve pain are even more likely to feel foot pain and discomfort than the rest of us. By taking care of your feet daily and pampering them every now and then you can be sure that walking around to pick out the perfect tree will no longer feel agonizing.
Nerve pain can be caused by a number of different things. Usually it’s brought about by diabetes or trauma. Diabetic nerve pain is referred to as peripheral neuropathy, and it is a brought about as a complication of the disease that leads to damaged nerves. They are unable to feel sensation in their limbs, but they may feel tingling or burning in their feet. Peripheral neuropathy is dangerous because it leaves diabetics vulnerable to injury. Since they are unable to feel pain they have to rely on their other senses.
If you have diabetes it’s very important to keep on top of both your disease and managing the health of your feet. When you keep your blood sugar levels down you may be able to reduce some of the pain you might be feeling. Engage in daily foot checks and closely inspect your feet for any changes that may have occurred. If you notice anything out of the ordinary (scratch, bruising, swelling, etc.) you will want to notify your doctor immediately.
Take a lot of extra precautions with your feet. Keep them clean and wash them daily. When you cut your nails, do it straight across to avoid ingrown toenails. To even greater decrease your chance of sustaining injury make sure you wear foot coverings with padding at all times, even when just at home.
If you have further questions about taking care of diabetic feet call Dr. Peyman Elison at (623) 584-5556 to schedule an appointment at Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ.
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