Tips for Managing Nerve Pain

According to the American Diabetes Association’s Central Texas Office, located here in Austin, over 1.8 million people living in the state are currently living with diabetes. That amount of people would fill San Antonio…and then add an additional 400,000 residents to the city’s population! Clearly, this disease affects many lives. Diabetes contributes to a variety of health issues, including neuropathy related nerve damage. This is one of the main culprits of nerve pain, as this condition causes nerves to misfire and randomly send pain signals.

Fortunately, there are a variety of techniques that you can use to treat nerve pain at home. If the problem is a result of diabetes, it is important to stay on top of the disease. Monitor your glucose levels, as keeping them under control can help improve neuropathy symptoms. You should also inspect your feet daily to check for signs of blisters, calluses, or other issues. Tight footwear can worsen pain, in addition to leading to sores that will not heal. Make sure your shoes fit well and do not rub or irritate your skin!

Other methods to treat nerve pain include getting plenty of exercise, eating nutritious meals, and giving up smoking. These healthy lifestyle choices are consistently proven to be beneficial to your overall wellness, and will help with circulation issues as well. Exercise promotes blood flow and may create long-lasting expansion in blood vessels, especially those in the feet.  This will nourish damaged nerves back to health over time.

A warm bath can help to boost blood flow too. Warm water will also help to decrease levels of stress, which is always helpful. When using this technique, test the water temperature with your hand and arm before stepping in, so that you don’t sustain any burns.

Of course, the best way to manage nerve pain is to avoid it in the first place. Focusing on good foot care, which is essential for those living with diabetes, goes a long way to circumventing nerve issues. This means examining your feet, wearing comfortable footwear, and seeing Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS when any foot and ankle issues crop up. If you are experiencing excessive nerve pain and need help, call (512) 328-8900 and see Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists today!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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