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Managing Diabetic Nerve Pain in the Feet

Diabetic nerve pain in the feet, also known as diabetic neuropathy, is a common and often debilitating complication of diabetes. This condition arises when prolonged high blood sugar levels cause damage to the nerves. Symptoms can include numbness, and tingling, in addition to burning, sharp, or aching pain. Initially mild, this discomfort can intensify and spread, severely limiting mobility and reducing quality of life. Walking can become a challenge, and even the lightest touch may feel excruciating. About half of diabetic patients will experience some form of neuropathy. A significant portion will suffer from pain that can interfere with sleep and daily activities, contributing to emotional distress. Managing blood sugar levels is essential in preventing the progression of nerve damage. A balanced diet, regular exercise, and prescribed medications can help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Additionally, addressing other health risks like obesity and smoking can also play a vital role in controlling diabetes and its complications. If you are experiencing diabetic foot pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options. 


Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Dr. Dean D. Hinners from Illinois. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.


To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Metropolis and Eldorado, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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