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.

Dr. William Sullivan


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.

5 replies

LisaAnn80 2014-10-18 02:43:08 -0500 Report

I've been diabetic since I was pregnant with my 17 year old daughter. I've always had a hard time controlling my blood sugar. I've tried strict diet controll, exercise, I'm now using U-500 insulin and still having a hard time. My life is pretty stressful and I've been suffering more than usual depression. My depression has gotton so bad I've thought about suiside. My friends just got wierd and seemed to shun me when I asked for help and support. These were supposed Christian friends from my church.

lorider70 2013-11-17 10:44:38 -0600 Report

Gwinivere: I also take Tramadol. For the last year or so it is \the nly relief I have gotten from neuropathic pain. It takes the edge off just enough to get thru normal activities. It does not actually cure anything . I am told that most neuropathic problems are relatively permanent and something a person has to learn to live with. I use a cane most of the time to aid with balance problems associated with a loss of feeling in my feet and toes, and knees. Amazing that there is pain where there is no feeling !!

gwinivere 2012-03-01 20:19:57 -0600 Report

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Tramadol extended-release tablets are only used by people who are expected to need medication to relieve pain around-the-clock for a long time. Tramadol is in a class of medications called opiate agonists. It works by changing the way the body senses ..

Caroltoo 2012-02-27 21:23:58 -0600 Report

Could be trigeminal nerve involvement. Has he tried either an experience chiropractor or a massage therapist that works with facial nerves?

sandy713 2012-02-27 21:20:21 -0600 Report

My husband has been suffering from diabetic neuropathy. It is mainly on his face & ears I assure you, my husband is in AGONY for the past 5 years! HELP!!!