Are you having a hard time falling asleep at night because of a burning sensation? Would you describe it as “pins and needles” in your feet? If you said yes, then you may be experiencing neuropathy, a condition brought on by diabetes. Neuropathy is caused by nerve damage and is often a common condition people with diabetes face. It decreases feeling in the feet, limits circulation and often causes the sensation of burning feet which is usually experienced at nighttime.
Unfortunately, neuropathy isn’t an easy cure type condition, which is why it is very important to visit your podiatrist as soon as you experience symptoms in order to prevent it from worsening. Fortunately, Dr. Harvey Danciger can assess your condition and provide the best treatment available to alleviate your discomfort.
The most effective treatments for neuropathy include:
- Controlling your blood sugar levels. Diabetes management is a lifestyle that can be attained through a healthy diet and enough exercise. This can help keep your sugar levels in check, which will help tremendously for treating effects of painful neuropathy. Work with your medical care provider to develop a diabetes health plan to ensure your specific diabetes needs are met to work toward blood sugar control and management.
- Medication. If symptoms of neuropathy continue to be of discomfort, even with controlled blood sugar levels, pain medication can be prescribed to alleviate your discomfort. Certain creams made from chili peppers can be used and applied on the foot to desensitize them as well.
- Improve your circulation. Making sure enough blood flow is supplied to your feet can help prevent nerve damage symptoms from occurring. Exercise as simple as walking and massaging your feet can make a big difference to improve your foot circulation. Be sure to have a proper fit of shoe and sock to prevent decreased blood flow and other foot complications.
Don’t lose sleep over burning feet any longer. Contact our office right away to set up an appointment with Dr. Danciger to ensure your feet are properly taken care of in order to alleviate your discomfort.