What Does Foot “Numbness” Really Mean?
Allison Bush | Oct 3rd 2012 Feb 22nd 2017
Diabetic nerve damage to the feet, sometimes called diabetic neuropathy, or more correctly, diabetic distal symmetric sensory polyneuropathy, frequently causes people with diabetes to lose sensation in their feet, which is usually describe as “numbness.” Here are a few ways you can protect your feet.
Examine your feet often
Look at your feet (with your eyes, or someone else can look if it’s difficult for you to do): every day! If new problems are seen, such as a blister or red spot, telephone your doctor’s office promptly for advice; stay off your feet until you get other advice.
Evaluate medication options
Pain control with standard pain-relief medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen may be helpful in some cases. You should be on a regularly scheduled program of one of these, taking the medication several times every day. Medications that block pain can be very useful in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy.