10 doctors weighed in:

What to do when a diabetic foot is in pain? Tylenol (acetaminophen) doesn't seem to help.

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Bromson
Orthopedic Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: See a doctor

Diabetic foot pain can be due to a variety of causes, which can include nerve-related pain; unrecognized injury; poor circulation; charcot arthropathy, etc.
However, with a diabetic foot, it is crucial to see a doctor to determine the cause of the pain to make sure that it is not something serious that requires immediate attention. There are also prescription medications that can help.

In brief: See a doctor

Diabetic foot pain can be due to a variety of causes, which can include nerve-related pain; unrecognized injury; poor circulation; charcot arthropathy, etc.
However, with a diabetic foot, it is crucial to see a doctor to determine the cause of the pain to make sure that it is not something serious that requires immediate attention. There are also prescription medications that can help.
Dr. Mark Bromson
Dr. Mark Bromson
Thank
Dr. Khurram Khan
Wound care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Multiple remedies

Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage and therefore can never be 100% restored.
To improve and prevent further deterioration diet and exercise is the key. Keep blood sugars under control. Stop smoking (affects circulation to nerves) limit alcohol use which destroys nerves. Vit. B may levels should be checked and supplemented as required. Tylenol (acetaminophen) will mask the symptoms but won’t resolve the issue.

In brief: Multiple remedies

Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage and therefore can never be 100% restored.
To improve and prevent further deterioration diet and exercise is the key. Keep blood sugars under control. Stop smoking (affects circulation to nerves) limit alcohol use which destroys nerves. Vit. B may levels should be checked and supplemented as required. Tylenol (acetaminophen) will mask the symptoms but won’t resolve the issue.
Dr. Khurram Khan
Dr. Khurram Khan
Thank
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Pain, numbness.

When diabetics have uncontrolled blood sugars their nerves pay the price over time.
They can have pain, or just tingling, burning, and numbness, and once it happens it's impossible to get normal sensation back. Some medications reduce the pain and tingling, but not much can be done to reverse numbness. See your doctor so they can decide whether your pain comes from neuropathy.

In brief: Pain, numbness.

When diabetics have uncontrolled blood sugars their nerves pay the price over time.
They can have pain, or just tingling, burning, and numbness, and once it happens it's impossible to get normal sensation back. Some medications reduce the pain and tingling, but not much can be done to reverse numbness. See your doctor so they can decide whether your pain comes from neuropathy.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Dr. Libby Putnam
Thank
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry

In brief: Recommend

Podiatry consult to determine etiology of pain: fracture, charcot foot, neuroma, peripheral neuropathy etc etc can all be causes.
Keep in mind this is not an exhaustive list.

In brief: Recommend

Podiatry consult to determine etiology of pain: fracture, charcot foot, neuroma, peripheral neuropathy etc etc can all be causes.
Keep in mind this is not an exhaustive list.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Thank
Dr. Vinod Panchbhavi
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle

In brief: See an MD

Too little information to answer. Need to see an md - as it could be neuropathy or more seriously bone infection if so see an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in foot and ankle surgery.

In brief: See an MD

Too little information to answer. Need to see an md - as it could be neuropathy or more seriously bone infection if so see an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in foot and ankle surgery.
Dr. Vinod Panchbhavi
Dr. Vinod Panchbhavi
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Arnon Rubin
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
163K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors