Diabetes

Question
Posted by: Esward | 2012/03/01

Q.

Burning Feet

I have problem with feet that feel as if they are burning underneath. This is in addition to pain usually after playing golf. Is it the walking?.

Expert's Reply

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Diabetes expert

Dear Esward

Your symptoms are compatible with diabetic neuropathy, which is nerve damage secondary to high blood sugars over time. Treatment would consist of controlling blood sugars, in case there is temporary dysfunction. If still persisting, then there are medical treatments which are available, and can be got on prescription from your doctor. These tablets which work on the nerves can reduce pain by up to 50%. If the pain after golf occurs in the calves, then you may also have circulation problems affecting the feet, and you will the circulation assessed, as the treatment for this is different, and would involve an assessment eventually by a vascular surgeon. Alternatively there are orthopaedic causes for pain under the feet which also need to be ruled out. Suggest good assessment by doctor

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Posted by: sello | 2012/05/05

im also expricen da same problem

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Posted by: Alice | 2012/03/30

I have the same problem and my doctor prescribed Lyrica which really helps. Unfortunately its quite an expensive medication and not paid for by my medical aid.

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Posted by: rochell | 2012/03/16

I walk a lot and experiencing the burning sensation even when laying downm

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Posted by: Diabetes Expert | 2012/03/05

Dear Esward

Your symptoms are compatible with diabetic neuropathy, which is nerve damage secondary to high blood sugars over time. Treatment would consist of controlling blood sugars, in case there is temporary dysfunction. If still persisting, then there are medical treatments which are available, and can be got on prescription from your doctor. These tablets which work on the nerves can reduce pain by up to 50%. If the pain after golf occurs in the calves, then you may also have circulation problems affecting the feet, and you will the circulation assessed, as the treatment for this is different, and would involve an assessment eventually by a vascular surgeon. Alternatively there are orthopaedic causes for pain under the feet which also need to be ruled out. Suggest good assessment by doctor

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