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Diabetic Foot Care

With uncontrolled blood sugar levels numbness, tingling and burning pains due to nerve damage arise.  This condition is known as neuropathy.  There is no way to repair damage nerves, however there are ways to prevent further nerve damage and prevent pain. It is important to establish a relationship with your podiatrist as soon as neuropathic symptoms arise to begin treatment for neuropathy as soon as possible.  Nerve damage is often tested in clinic with the use of a monofilament wire to detect if patients are able to feel on several areas of their feet.

The first way to treat neuropathic symptoms is to get your blood sugar levels under control.  It is imperative to work closely with your family doctor to manage diabetic medications.  Working on exercise and diet plans to control sugar levels are very important measures as well.

Over the counter medication such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin or Tylenol can be taken to manage pain.  If these measures prove unsuccessful, stronger medications can be prescribed. Topical medication such as Capsasin cream may be considered for some patients as well.





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