Preventing Diabetic Neuropathy
If you have diabetes, there’s no guarantee that you won’t develop diabetic neuropathy in your feet. However, good blood sugar control is one way to help reduce your chances of developing it or keep worsening symptoms to a minimum.
There are also a few things you can do to decrease the risk for problems caused by diabetic neuropathy:
Have your feet checked by a doctor regularly at least once or twice a year. This could be your primary care doctor, endocrinologist or a podiatrist. Assili will see some patients every three months if they’ve had recent problems, or once a week if they have an ulcer that requires treatment.
Wear durable shoes at all times – even at your house. “I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen step on thumbtacks and nails at home,” Aaranson says. Wear shoes in outdoor settings where your friends may go barefoot, including the beach. Hot sand and seashells could cause an injury, and you wouldn’t know it.
Check the bottom of your feet daily. “Keep a mirror next to the entry of your shower, and look for injuries,” Tamler recommends.
Quit smoking. It can make neuropathy worse.