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I am a diabetic and my toes are numb. What should I do?

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Dr. Jennie Law
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Nerve damage

High blood sugars can hurt the nerves and result in either numbness, pain, or both in tr feet (and later, the fingers).
If your feet are numb, make sure you check your feet nightly to look for anything that can lead to infection (blisters, cuts, ulcers). Better blood sugar control can reduce further nerve damage (but not reverse the parts already damaged).

In brief: Nerve damage

High blood sugars can hurt the nerves and result in either numbness, pain, or both in tr feet (and later, the fingers).
If your feet are numb, make sure you check your feet nightly to look for anything that can lead to infection (blisters, cuts, ulcers). Better blood sugar control can reduce further nerve damage (but not reverse the parts already damaged).
Dr. Jennie Law
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Dr. Steven Hill
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Can be neuropathy

This can be a sign of diabetic neuropathy - you should see your doctor and discuss - the best treatment and prevention is good control of your diabetes and protecting your feet from harm. Always wear shoes and look for any sign of injury to your toes or infection.

In brief: Can be neuropathy

This can be a sign of diabetic neuropathy - you should see your doctor and discuss - the best treatment and prevention is good control of your diabetes and protecting your feet from harm. Always wear shoes and look for any sign of injury to your toes or infection.
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: They can be

But they don't have to be and the problem can be reversible which many people are often not told.
Controlling the blodd sugars is a good start but some nutritional supplements actually help reverse the effect and this can be followed by a small biopsy known as epidermal nerve fiber density testing. See a podiatrist.

In brief: They can be

But they don't have to be and the problem can be reversible which many people are often not told.
Controlling the blodd sugars is a good start but some nutritional supplements actually help reverse the effect and this can be followed by a small biopsy known as epidermal nerve fiber density testing. See a podiatrist.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry

In brief: Optimize your

Consider certain vitamins like metanx which may actually reverse your condition. The extent of the neuropathy can be determined with an epidermal nerve fiber density test.

In brief: Optimize your

Consider certain vitamins like metanx which may actually reverse your condition. The extent of the neuropathy can be determined with an epidermal nerve fiber density test.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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