Diabetes is caused by the inability to produce insulin and/or proper utilization of insulin in the body. Diabetes is a multi-organ and chronic long-term disease that can present serious medical complications if not managed properly. These complications can include diabetic foot pain and diabetic neuropathy. Besides treating diabetic foot pain with insulin and other prescription drugs, there are alternative treatments that can be incorporated to prevent serious outcomes such as amputation. The loss of sensation and touch means there are no feelings such as pain, warmth, itching and tickling in the affected areas of the foot. In this article I will show you some alternative treatments for managing diabetic foot pain.
1. Try osteopathy treatment, which is accepted by the American Medical Association as a proven method for diagnosing and treating medical conditions including diabetes and diabetic foot pain. A Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) is a medical physician who utilizes the concept of manipulation and body-based practices to address many of the organic problems in diabetic patients. The manual manipulation of the affected diabetic foot and leg may help to increase the blood circulation to the affected areas by aligning the muscles, tendons and ligaments to help decrease the pressure and compression on the foot. Manual manipulation means using the hands to help alleviate or reduce the symptoms, for example, massage therapy, trigger pressure points massage and body-based practices including acupuncture and rolfing techniques and physical therapy principles.
2. Go to your local acupuncturist or ask your doctor for a referral to a licensed practitioner. Acupuncture is a recognized adjunct modality to help decrease the pain and symptoms of diabetic foot pain and diabetic neuropathy. Acupuncture helps to increase the blood circulation around the body, which is crucial in people suffering from diabetes, in particular foot pain and neuropathy. The improved circulation may help to slow down the onset of debilitating diabetic complications and symptoms of foot pain such as swelling and tenderness.
3. Practice Yoga and meditation to help eliminate stress and tension from the body and increase immunity to fight off infections and illnesses. This is crucial because stress can deepen the symptoms of diabetes and have tremendous negative emotional, mental and psychological effects.
Eating a healthy diet and regular exercising are also great ways to increase blood circulation and prevent blood stasis and swelling in the affected areas of the foot.