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What to do when a diabetic foot is in sort of numb and feels weird?

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Dr. Khurram Khan
Wound care
5 doctors agree

In brief: Multiple factors

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. Narcotics will mask the symptoms but won’t resolve the issue.

In brief: Multiple factors

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. Narcotics will mask the symptoms but won’t resolve the issue.
Dr. Khurram Khan
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: See a doctor

Diabetics with any new onset of pain, numbness or wounds should be seen by a specialist of the feet as soon as possible.

In brief: See a doctor

Diabetics with any new onset of pain, numbness or wounds should be seen by a specialist of the feet as soon as possible.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Mark Bromson
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: See a doctor

Diabetes causes nerve damage, resulting in numbness and wierd sensations like tingling, electricty, a feeling of having a tight band or sock around your foot, etc.
It is best to be under the care of an orthopaedic foot & ankle surgeon or podiatrist as the loss of sensation can lead to ulcers and infections. There are also medications that can help if the nerve problem causes pain.

In brief: See a doctor

Diabetes causes nerve damage, resulting in numbness and wierd sensations like tingling, electricty, a feeling of having a tight band or sock around your foot, etc.
It is best to be under the care of an orthopaedic foot & ankle surgeon or podiatrist as the loss of sensation can lead to ulcers and infections. There are also medications that can help if the nerve problem causes pain.
Dr. Mark Bromson
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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Pain, numbness.

When diabetics have uncontrolled blood sugars their nerves pay the price over time.
They can have tingling, burning, and numbness, and once it happens it's impossible to get normal sensation back. Some medications reduce the tingling, but not much can be done to reverse numbness.

In brief: Pain, numbness.

When diabetics have uncontrolled blood sugars their nerves pay the price over time.
They can have tingling, burning, and numbness, and once it happens it's impossible to get normal sensation back. Some medications reduce the tingling, but not much can be done to reverse numbness.
Dr. Libby Putnam
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Dr. Melissa Young
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Check feet, b12, med

Most importantly, inspect your feet daily for small injures.
If your feet are numb, you may not notice a little cut or splinter, and it can get infected. Vitamin b 12 can help. If the weird feeling (called paresthesia) is bothersome or keeps you from sleeping, there are prescription meds your doc can prescribe. And capsaicin cream (like they use for arthritis) can help.

In brief: Check feet, b12, med

Most importantly, inspect your feet daily for small injures.
If your feet are numb, you may not notice a little cut or splinter, and it can get infected. Vitamin b 12 can help. If the weird feeling (called paresthesia) is bothersome or keeps you from sleeping, there are prescription meds your doc can prescribe. And capsaicin cream (like they use for arthritis) can help.
Dr. Melissa Young
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Have it evaluated.

If the symptoms are due to neuropathy, topical capsaicin may be helpful for some, while others may benefit with oral medications.
Watch you sugar intake, and have your vitamin b levels checked and supplemented as necessary. Consult with your physician for an appropriate plan of care.

In brief: Have it evaluated.

If the symptoms are due to neuropathy, topical capsaicin may be helpful for some, while others may benefit with oral medications.
Watch you sugar intake, and have your vitamin b levels checked and supplemented as necessary. Consult with your physician for an appropriate plan of care.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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