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What Is Diabetic Foot Pain? The Experts at Advanced Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine of Houston, TX, Offer Comprehensive Information About Diagnosis and Treatment

Many people with diabetes develop complications in their legs and feet. Nerve damage – otherwise known as neuropathy – is particularly common among diabetics, leading to chronic numbness, tingling, and pain. These symptoms can occur throughout the entire body, but tend to be especially pronounced in the feet. This type of discomfort is so common that physicians often list diabetic foot pain as a leading complication of diabetes.

What does diabetic foot pain feel like?

Diabetic foot pain often feels different than other types of foot pain, such as that caused by tendonitis or plantar fasciitis. It tends to be a sharp, shooting pain rather than a dull ache. It can also be accompanied by:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • “Pins and needles” sensations
  • A loss of feeling in the feet or toes
  • Difficulty walking or placing weight on the feet
  • Pain that travels up the ankles, calves, and thighs

How do you treat diabetic foot pain?

Successfully treating diabetic foot pain often requires a comprehensive approach. First of all, it’s important to keep your diabetes properly managed. To do so, you should work with an experienced endocrinologist who can help you keep your blood sugar levels within an appropriate range. Secondly, it can be helpful to work with a nerve pain specialist who can provide individualized treatment strategies for your foot pain. Depending on your specific needs, he or she may recommend medications, exercises, or custom orthotics for your shoes.

At Advanced Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine of Houston, Texas, we offer a variety of treatments for diabetic foot pain. You’re encouraged to make an appointment with our experienced foot pain specialists at your convenience. With three full-service locations (and a collaborative team of medical experts) serving the entire metro area, we make it easy for you to access the quality care that you deserve.