Diabetic Foot Pain Relief

If you have diabetes, it can cause serious problems in your body, particularly if you don’t keep your blood glucose levels within the normal range.  High blood glucose levels can cause diabetic foot pain, which causes damage to the nerve cells that carry signals from your hands and feet.

Diabetic foot pain can cause tingling or numbness in your feet, hands, toes, and fingers.  Another symptom of diabetic foot pain includes an aching pain, sharp pain in the feet, or burning in the feet.  Your pain will be minimal at first but in can worsen over time, spreading up your arms and legs.  It can even cause walking to be a problem.  The softest touch on your feet can be painful.  About 10-20 percent of those who have diabetes have diabetic foot pain.

Treatments for Diabetic Nerve Pain

You can’t replace your damaged nerves.  On the other hand, there are things you can do to relieve your pain and stop the damage from getting worse.

You need to control your blood glucose so the diabetic foot pain doesn’t get worse.  You need to talk to your physician about getting hour blood sugars under control.  The doctor may ask you to decrease your blood sugar levels to about 70-130 mg/Dl before meals and less than 180 mg/dl after meals.

You need to use medications, exercise, and dietary measures to decrease your blood glucose values.  You need to keep track of other health problems that can make your diabetes worse, such as quitting smoking, and decreasing your weight.  Talk to your physician about effective ways to quit smoking or decrease your weight.

Medications for Diabetic Nerve Pain

Your physician may recommend that you take and NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication), such as ibuprofen (marketed as Advil or Motrin), aspirin, or naproxen sodium (marketed as Naprosyn or Aleve).  These can be found at your local drug store without a prescription but can have side effects involving things like indigestion or stomach ulcers.  These can be gotten without a having to get a prescription.  Use them short-term and at a low dose to manage your symptoms.


Antidepressants are usually used for depression.  They can, however, be used for diabetic nerve pain as they block the neurochemicals in your brain that result in your feeling the diabetic nerve pain.  Your physician may prescribe desipramine, imipramine, or amitriptyline—all of which are tricyclic antidepressants.  These medications can cause side effects such as sweating, fatigue, and dry mouth. You may wish to avoid these drugs if you have heart troubles.

SNRI (norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) such as duloxetine, venlafaxine and serotonin can be used instead of tricyclic antidepressants and usually have less side effects.


Strong medication, such as tramadol and oxycodone can treat diabetic foot pain that becomes severe.  These should only be used when other drugs have failed.  You might use these types of medications if other treatments fail to work. These drugs, on the other hand, are not supposed to be used for a long period of time because they are addicting.

Epileptic Drugs

These drugs are usually used to prevent seizures; however, they can also treat diabetic nerve pain.  Some of these epileptic drugs include carbamazepine, phenytoin, pregabalin, and gabapentin.  Some adverse effects include dizziness, swelling, and sleepiness.

Always  consult your doctor before taking any kind of medication.