Neuropathy is so boring! No, we really mean it. Pain from this nerve problem in your feet can leave you with a dull, aching, burning, and numb sensation that’s hard to relieve. However, this discomfort may also make you feel boring—it can keep you from smiling, starting a new hobby, or doing things around town like attending the “Good Kids” production at IU Theatre on Friday. Neuropathy treatments are never fun, but if you apply some simple at home treatment they can help you have more fun!
If you’re suffering from diabetic neuropathy, the best thing you can do for your pain is manage your blood sugar levels. The spikes in your levels are what cause nerve damage in your feet. If you can get that under control, you’re well on your way to reducing pain and lessening damage.
Go for a walk; it will help keep your blood circulating and may relieve some discomfort. Getting any form of exercise can also keep blood sugar levels under control.
Eat healthier and make sure your body gets the nutrients it needs. Pick up the clean eating trend everyone’s been talking about—more real foods and less processed products. Eat vegetables, whole milk, protein and meat—like grass-fed beef—and healthy fats like butter, nuts, and avocado. Avoid carbs like whole grains, bread, rice, and fruit. While you’re at it, pick up a book and start reading about nutrition! Our suggestions for your library are Wheat Belly and Grain Brain.
Smoking can affect your circulation, which in turn affects your body’s sense of feeling and ability to heal. If you smoke or drink alcohol, your neuropathy symptoms or complications might be worse than they have to be. Quit smoking and avoid drinking excessively to keep your pain under control.
Daily foot checks can also keep you from getting ulcers and wounds that could cause infection. Wear padded shoes and socks to prevent against these dangers.
Dr. Powers specializes in nerve pain and neuropathy treatments to get you back to your normal, un-boring self! Please make an appointment with our office in Bloomington, IN, to manage your discomfort. You can reach our office by calling (812) 333-4422.