Treating Diabetic Foot Pain

Living with diabetes involves some complicated health issues. You know about the need to monitor your blood sugar levels, but are you on the lookout for diabetic foot pain, as well?

Foot pain can indicate complications of diabetes, including peripheral neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease (PAD). At Premier Vascular of New York, our vascular expert, Nirav Patel, DO provides support for new and existing patients who have diabetes and are suffering from foot pain.

Dr. Patel can get to the bottom of your diabetic foot pain and recommend an effective plan to treat your symptoms and protect your long-term health. Come in to get your foot pain checked out at Premier Vascular right away if you have diabetes.

The connection between diabetes and foot pain

When your blood sugar is too high for too long, it can damage your nerves. Your feet are the part of your body most likely to be impacted by this diabetes-related nerve damage, which is called peripheral neuropathy.

When you have peripheral neuropathy in your feet, your nerves aren’t functioning properly, so you may not feel the pain when you have an injury or infection. On the other hand, the nerve damage may lead to persistent sensations of discomfort, as well. You might experience feelings of tingling, numbness or persistent pain resulting from peripheral neuropathy.

Diabetes also increases your risk of developing PAD, where cholesterol plaque builds up inside blood vessels in your legs and feet, inhibiting blood flow so that the tissues don’t get enough oxygen. PAD-related pain often worsens when you stand and walk, limiting your actions and activities and negatively impacting your whole-body health. 

PAD can also lead to vascular ulcers that can be slow to heal, as well as painful swelling and skin rashes.

Treatment options to protect your feet

In the early stages, PAD may not have any symptoms. That’s why keeping your blood sugar under control is key to preventing diabetic foot pain from PAD and peripheral neuropathy. 

You can manage your diabetes by following the healthy diet outlined by your doctor, being as active as possible, taking your medications as prescribed, and monitoring your blood sugar levels. If you smoke, you need to quit. Dr. Patel also works with you to get your blood sugar under control to help slow down PAD and diabetic neuropathy. 

When diabetic foot pain occurs, the neuropathy and PAD are progressing and need prompt medical attention. 

Peripheral neuropathy can’t be cured, but its progression can be slowed by better glucose control. Over-the-counter pain relievers can address your pain and Dr. Patel may also recommend other medications, such as antidepressants or anti-seizure drugs, to treat your pain.

In some cases, Dr. Patel may treat PAD with atherectomy or balloon angioplasty with stenting to reopen the narrowed blood vessels in the leg and restore circulation.

Preventing amputation

When diabetes-related foot problems are sufficiently advanced, the toe or foot may get to the point where amputation is the only solution. Dr. Patel wants to prevent this outcome, if possible, which is why he specializes in limb salvage therapies.

This means that Dr. Patel takes every step possible to heal diabetic foot ulcers to prevent infections and gangrene from setting in. He uses advanced dressings, tissue substitutes, endovascular procedures, and even limb salvage surgery, to save a foot or leg.

To learn more about your treatment options for diabetic foot pain, get in touch with Premier Vascular right away. Treating your condition earlier is likely to give you more options and a better chance of avoiding serious complications like amputation. 

You can book an appointment at one of our offices in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens in New York City, or Yonkers, New York, by giving us a call. Or you can use the online booking tool to request an appointment right now.

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