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January 22, 2021

While there are many causes, burning feet are a common complaint in those that are diagnosed with diabetes. This burning sensation is called diabetic neuropathy and is caused by high blood sugar.

 

What Is Diabetic Neuropathy?

 

Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage caused by high blood sugar, most commonly attacking the legs and feet but can also affect your hands. There are three stages of diabetic neuropathy irregular sensations of pain or tingling. In later stages, the pain becomes more extreme and uncomfortable. In the final stage of diabetic neuropathy, all pain sensations are lost.

 

Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment

 

Luckily, there are some pain management options that are available. Many of these treatments fall along the lines of managing a healthier lifestyle to lower blood pressure, but below are some tips that you can do to alleviate foot pain today.

  • Ensure your feet are not cold, cold feet can lead to painful burning sensations.
  • Be sure to purchase comfortable shoes and ensure they are not too tight nor too loose.
  • In cold months, be sure to keep your feet out of snow or cold water and purchase protective outwear.

For more helpful tips to help you navigate your diabetic neuropathy, please visit our Diabetic Foot Care page

 

If you are at risk or think you may be at risk for diabetes, your podiatrist can advise you on the steps to take for prevention or treatment. If you think you may have diabetes or are experiencing diabetic neuropathy, set up an appointment with Dr. Reddy for a foot screening.