What would help terrible foot pain? I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a year ago. When I told my doctor about my pain, he just poked my toes & told me to take some ibuprofen for the pain, which doesn't help.
Neuropathy is a common complication of diabetes. Frequent symptoms are numbness, tingling or shooting pains in the feet. Often these foot pains are worse at night. The treatment for diabetic neuropathy is good diabetes control and medications to treat the foot pains, if needed. Some of the common medications used to treat diabetic neuropathy include gabapentin, pregabalin, Cymbalta, and tricyclic antidepressants. These medications are for symptomatic treatment however; they do not treat the underling cause. If you develop neuropathy, it is important to follow good foot care guidelines including checking your feet every day and wearing good footwear. Often a podiatrist and a neurologist may be needed if you have significant neuropathy. You should discuss this with your healthcare provider and ask whether there are other medication options that can be used to treat your foot pains.