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Managing Diabetic Neuropathy: What Patients Need to Know

When neuropathy isn't managed, it could lead to serious complications like amputations

Once you have been diagnosed with neuropathy, medication can reduce pain. Doctors often prescribe antidepressants and anticonvulsants. You also need to pay attention to your feet. The longest nerves are those that go to your feet, and they are usually the most damaged by diabetes.

When your feet are numb, this leads to unnoticed injuries or wounds, which lead to infections. Diabetes causes decreased blood supply to your feet, and this makes infections much more dangerous. Diabetes neuropathy is the cause of at least 50% of all lower-limb amputations in the United States. If you take care of your feet, amputations can be prevented.

Some ways to prevent problems to your feet include:

  • Check your feet every day. If you find any open sores or blisters, alert your doctor.
  • Wash your feet every single day with mild soap and warm water. Don’t soak your feet for long periods of time and dry them with a soft cloth. Pay attention to the areas between your toes.
  • Take care of toenails, corns, and calluses. Getting pedicures from professionals do help with foot care.
  • Make sure you wear shoes that fit well. Ensure your socks absorb moisture and provide padding.