4 Diabetes Products to Help Relieve Your Foot Pain
As a diabetic, you have to be constantly mindful of what you put into your body. And, if you have some form of neuropathy, you need to stay on top of managing your symptoms.
You’re not alone in managing neuropathy. About 60-70% of diabetics have some form of neuropathy according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
If you have peripheral neuropathy, you likely have pain in your fingers, legs, and feet. You can usually manage the pain by getting your diet under control, exercising, and quitting smoking.
But, there are some days when even naturally managing your diabetic foot pain isn’t enough. On those days, you need diabetes products to help relieve your foot pain.
Here are some products to help treat your foot pain.
When you have peripheral neuropathy, you should avoid walking around barefoot. The risk is too great that you will open a new wound on your foot and not realize it.
Diabetic socks are made of anti-bacterial fibers which are designed to wick away moisture from your feet. They also help reduce rubbing and irritation which can cause blisters.
Diabetic shoes and insoles mold to your feet to provide exactly the right support. Having the right shoes reduces pinching which can lead to foot ulcers.
Compression Socks and Stockings
Diabetic foot pain is caused largely by the weakening of the veins in your legs. The vein walls become too loose to let blood circulate back up your legs, so unoxygenated blood pools in your feet.
Compression socks and stockings put a slight pressure on your legs, and by extension, your veins, to give them the support they need to carry blood from your feet to your lungs.
Like many diabetic products, there is no one size fits all solution for compression socks. Speak to your doctor about the level of pressure you need in compression socks.
A capsaicin cream is a topical treatment applied to the skin. The main ingredient in capsaicin creams is a compound found in hot peppers.
When applied to the skin, capsaicin first stimulates the nerve endings, which can cause a brief jump in pain. This stimulation is followed by decreasing intensity of the pain as the capsaicin starts to block signals in the nerve endings.
In a study of 252 individuals, 58.4% of patients reported an improvement in pain relief by applying a capsaicin cream.
While you can pick up a capsaicin cream at your local drugstore, check with your doctor before using one. Capsaicin can react with other drugs and irritate your skin.
OTC Pain Relief
For days when you have mild nerve pain from diabetes, over the counter pain relievers are a good option for finding relief. Many diabetes patients will turn to their regular painkillers like Advil or Tylenol.
If you find you’re taking these OTC painkillers too frequently, you should speak to your doctor about other medications you can take. If your pain level is high, your doctor might prescribe an antidepressant or anti-seizure medication, both of which help with pain management.
Ask Your Doctor About the Best Diabetes Products For You
Before you select new diabetes products to try, you should consult your regular physician and podiatrist first.
If you’re looking for expert advice on incorporating new diabetes products into your treatment, schedule an appointment with us today.