About 25 percent of people with diabetes develop foot-related problems that result in pain. The major causes of the pain are poor circulation and neuropathy, and they can sometimes be so severe that it becomes unbearable to walk. With the proper care you can help prevent and treat diabetic foot pain.
Soak your feet in warm water for 20 to 30 minutes. Do not use hot water because it can dry out your feet.
Keep your feet elevated as much as possible to increase blood flow. For example, prop your feet on a footrest while watching television. Wiggle your toes throughout the day to increase circulation.
Massage your feet for at least 10 minutes per day. Use a rolling massage specially made for the feet. These are available at most pharmacies.
Take ibuprofen or aspirin to ease the pain. Do not exceed the recommended dosage.
Wear cushioned shoes that are not tight. Shoes made for people with diabetes are available at many shoe stores. They have extra padding and are wider than ordinary shoes.
Do not cross your legs for long periods of time. This drastically slows blood flow to your feet.
Refrain from smoking and avoid secondary smoke. Cigarette smoke inhibits blood flow.
Do not wear tight pants, undergarments, shoes or socks. Any article of clothing that restricts blood flow may result in foot pain.
Exercise regularly. Cardiovascular workouts and weight training increases blood flow throughout the entire body. Swimming and bicycling are good exercises because they place a minimal amount of stress on your feet.