Treating Diabetic Foot Numbness


Peripheral neuropathy, or numbness, is characterized by a lack of feeling, and tingling in the hands and feet that is a result of nerve damage from diabetes. This damage is caused by excess sugar in the blood so eating a proper diet will help immensely. Patients with diabetes need to be very careful with any cuts, abrasions, or blisters since these can become infected and go unnoticed until a serious infection has occurred.

Following a healthy diet and taking the appropriate medications will help you manage your diabetes.

Some treatments for diabetic foot numbness and tingling include the following:

  • Proper diet—The ingestion of a proper diet is essential for preventing any further diabetic nerve damage. Consume foods that are rich in B vitamins to help nerves communicate with each other. Eating a lot of fruits and vegetables is a good way to get many of these essential nutrients. Also consume fish, low fat meats, whole grains, and low fat dairy products.

  • Vitamins and minerals—Antioxidants such as vitamins C and E will slow down the aging process and help nerves to heal. Magnesium and copper supplements will also help the nerves and in the production of neurotransmitters.

  • Avoid alcohol—Alcohol consumption should be greatly reduced or completely stopped since it can exacerbate neuropathy symptoms.

Following this advice will help keep your healthy nerves in good shape and help slow or prevent any further peripheral nerve damage. 

For additional expert advice on diabetic foot complications see your foot doctor. At E.J. Nemet Podiatry in Twinsburg,  E.J. Nemet, DPM, treats a variety of foot and ankle conditions, including sports injuriespediatric foot problems, diabetic foot complications, nerve disorders, and toenail and skin conditions. With advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Dr. Nemet provides expert and compassionate care to patients in the Twinsburg and Beachwood areas. To contact us or to schedule an appointment, please call (234) 212-9940.