For the last six months I have tried my best to be the perfect type 2 diabetic. I have dieted. I have watched my carb intake. I have exercised. I have not touched a french fry, doughnut or basket of tortilla chips since October. No non-diet drink has crossed my lips. I have lost over forty pounds, dropped my A1c from 9.6 to 5.9 and reduced my waist size by almost six inches. I am off all medication, my doctor loves me, my family is impressed, and I am about sick of it all. I want a day off from the new healthy me. I want to come home, lay on my couch and watch a movie. With a can of Pringles. And a beer. Maybe some pizza for a late dinner followed by ice cream for dessert. I am tired of being just a little bit hungry half the day. I am tired of sore muscles and hours in the gym. I want pancakes with real maple syrup, waffles, french toast, powdered doughnuts, croissants with almond paste. I do not want to see a broccoli floret, a piece of spinach or anything else green...
Do your feet tingle, burn or itch? If so, then you might have some nerves going haywire in your feet. Millions of people are affected by neuropathy which causes the nerves in the feet and eventually the hands to start acting weird. The feet are usually affected first because those nerves are the longest and therefore the most difficult to keep healthy. Sometimes neuropathy does not hurt; it just causes a strange or numb sensation. But when neuropathy does hurt, it can feel like the limbs are being attacked by thousands of sharp needles, ice buckets or hot pokers.
You might feel like you are under attack if you have painful diabetic neuropathy. Treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy should first start with supplements and gaining control of blood sugar levels. Next, the treatment usually involves medications that are ingested by mouth. These oral medications treat nerve pain . Unfortunately, these same treatments can lead to other problems like drowsiness, dizziness and difficu...
In the first segment , we covered what things could be causing our feet to hurt. In the last segment we covered symptoms and how to report them to our doctor. In this segment, we will review treatments options for our painful feet.
Did you know our feet talk? It’s true; our feet can tell us about our overall health. Take a minute to review what our feet tell us, here . This slideshow covers many of the topics we reviewed in the first segment and gives us a clear picture of how our feet talk to us in more ways than one.
The Next Step
What a metaphor—one-step at a time. If our foot pain is more than soreness from normal wear and tear created by their performance under pressure, it’s time to consider a treatment plan. Plans vary with what is causing our foot pain, it is not a one-shoe-fits-all approach. Foot pain can have a variety of causes , symptoms , and individualized treatments.
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