Diabetic Foot Pain Treatment – The Best Ways To Cure The Pain

Your doctor can prescribe you a range of different options for your diabetic foot pain treatment. Diabetic neuropathic pain does not usually get better with over the counter drugs like paracetamol or ibuprofen.

The drugs most commonly prescribed by doctors for diabetic nerve pain treatments, Diabetic Foot Pain

For these drugs to have any pain relief on your diabetic nerve pain, they have to be given in large doses, which means you are more likely to suffer from side effects associated with these medicines, tiredness, dizziness, confusion, drowsiness, blurred vision, sexual problems, dry mouth, increased sweating and weight gain. All the symptoms you just don’t need as a diabetic patient.

Tramadol can also be prescribed by a doctor if none of the above diabetic nerve pain medications work. Tramadol is an opioid which is closely linked to morphine and heroin,  It should only really be taken in small doses for short periods of time as it is a very addictive drug. Research suggests that if you get addicted to Tramadol, the symptoms associated with stopping takes longer to get over than the symptoms associated with stopping heroin use. Scary!

Prescription Opioids and Heroin

Gabapentin only helps with diabetic foot pain in less than 3 out of 10 people (Read Here), there are many patients looking for other ways to control their nerve pain as they are just not getting much relief for Peripheral Neuropathy.

So… what other options are out there for relief of diabetic foot pain if the standard medical options are not working or you don’t want to take them because of the associated risks.

Capsaicin Cream

Capsaicin is what makes chilli peppers hot and is thought to work in neuropathic pain by stopping the nerves sending pain messages to the brain. Rub a small amount on your foot around 3-4 times a day for diabetic pain relief. Side effects of Capsaicin include skin irritation and a burning sensation in the foot when you first start treatment, it will usually go after the first week. Don’t use capsaicin cream on cuts or inflamed skin and always wash your hands after applying it. Check Price On Amazon 

Vitamin D

A study found that people with diabetic neuropathy whovitamin d took a supplement once a week had fewer symptoms after two months. It also showed that those suffering from the most pain also had the lowest amount of vitamin D. Check Price On Amazon 

Vitamin B12

Those who are taking Metformin and older adults have a deficiency of vitamin B12, a lack of this vitamin can increase vitamin b12diabetic neuropathy. You can get your vitamin B12 levels checked by your doctor, if they are low you should take a supplement. Vitamin B12 is found naturally in poultry, fish, lean meat and eggs. Check Price On Amazon

Alpha Lipoic Acid

600 to 1,200 mg per day in capsule form as shownAlpha Lipoiuc Acid to reduce symptoms like pain, tingling, and prickling in the feet and legs. In a 2017 study which you can read here, ALA was shown to protect against oxidative damage in people who are suffering from diabetic neuropathy. Check Prices On Amazon


Very similar to traditional acupuncture in that electro accupuncturethe same points are stimulated during treatment. Electro-Acupuncture has shown good results regarding the treatment of neurological diseases, chronic pain, spasms, and paralysis. Also, holistic sports medicine commonly uses electro-acupuncture for injuries. You can now buy small electro acupuncture pens that are ideal for treating diabetic foot pain. Check Price On Amazon

Tens Machine With Tens Socks

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a method of pain relief involving the use of a mild electrical current.

The electrical impulses can reduce signals which tens socksare been sent to the brain and spinal cord which helps to relieve pain and relax muscles. Endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller is produced more in the body due to the electric stimulation. You can now target just the feet with a pair of conductive socks that are attached to the tens machine. Please note you will need to buy the tens machine and then the socks. Check Price On Amazon

Nerve Pain Gels

Topical gels use cold therapy to give fast, topical relief fromfoot cooling gel diabetic foot pain, they work by dramatically cooling the affected areas, achieving pain relief by reducing the nerve’s ability to conduct pain. Diabetic nerve pain relief usually works within minutes and can give relief in your foot for up to 2-3 hours Check Amazon Price


The use of CBD oil to treat pain is growing rapidly, there are many types of research and studies been done to find the effectiveness of CBD oil for the treatment of pain. Reports are showing evidence that is promising. Please read my post here Best CBD Oil For Diabetes 

Massage And Heat

Warning: If your diabetic neuropathy is so bad that you have very little feeling in your feet, please select a low heat settingfoot massager to avoid damage to your feet, also if you have dry cracked skin using a foot spa is not recommended for you as it can make the skin too soft causing diabetic foot ulcers.

Some research carried out and published in the Diabetes Journal  showed that message on our feet helps improve blood circulation by increasing the elasticity of our arteries and helping to relieve foot pain in diabetes Check Amazon Prices

If you suffer from swollen feet and legs because of diabetes (oedema), this can cause foot pain by putting pressure on the nerves, to help with oedema symptoms it is recommended diabetics wear appropriate footwear and socks

To keep your feet healthy, you should:

  • Check and care for your feet every day.
  • Get a foot exam at least every 6 to 12 months
  • Make sure you are wearing the right kinds of socks and shoes.

What The Experts Say

Keeping your blood sugar within your target range is the key to preventing or delaying nerve damage. Lower blood sugar levels can even help with the pain.

Take an Over-the-Counter pain reliever like paracetamol or ibuprofen. If you get no relief (which you won’t) go to see your doctor for stronger pain relief (which you already do) LOL

Stop Smoking > smoking causes circulation problems meaning your nerves will not get the nutrient-rich blood they need to stay healthy.

Exercise. While this may be the last thing you want to do when you’re in pain, studies have proven that regular exercise like a 30-minute walk can decrease pain. Physical activity boosts blood flow to nerves and helps reduce inflammation.

As a diabetic myself who suffers from diabetic foot pain, I hope you find some relief from some of the ways I mention above. I myself take vitamin B12 daily and I also use a heated foot massager for my diabetic neuropathy.

Please leave a comment in the comment box below telling our readers what works best for you, the more information we have at our disposal the better we can manage our pain together.




8 thoughts on “Diabetic Foot Pain Treatment – The Best Ways To Cure The Pain”

  1. erlend says:

    Thank you for sharing all this. I was not aware of all the possibilities that exist when it comes to diabetic foot pain treatment.

    I see you write that you are taking vitamin B12 daily and a heated foot massager for your diabetic neuropathy. Is this what you feel works best among these treatments?

    1. Garry Brown says:

      Hi Erlend,

      I can only give you my opinion on what works best for me,

      I did try some topical creams but did not get much joy of pain relief, but I personally get relief from the B12 supplements and i use this particular foot massager. As too if i think these are the best options out of all the ones mentioned above, i personally have not tried them all so I can’t say if B12 and the foot massager is the best options out of them all, but they work for me.

  2. Ben says:

    Hey this is a great post. I have a few family members that suffer from diabetes. I am going to share this post and your website with them. I think your site is a great resource for people living with diabetes.

    1. Garry Brown says:

      Hi Ben
      Thank you for your kind words, please do share my site with your family members, if my posts help just the 1 person it is worth it to me.

  3. Agnes says:

    Hi, Thank you for your article and for sharing the different possibilities. I was interested in it because my father had diabetes and suffered a lot. He also had foot pain. At that time there were not many solutions for helping. He took B12. Nowadays I mostly believe in natural treatments if possible. A person with diabetes usually has so many things to look after: like calculating calories. Do you think that Electro-Acupuncture can be a real solution alone or should be combined with any other possibilities mentioned by you?

    1. Garry Brown says:

      Hi Agnes
      Thank you for your comment,
      In response to your question, I personally have not tried Electro-Acupuncture but recent studies like this one are showing promising results. I personally use a vitamin B12 daily and I use a heated foot massager for when I am getting really bad shooting pains, this works for me at the 3moment so I will stick with this method of treatment for now.

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    1. Garry Brown says:

      Hi Felix, great to hear a herbal treatment is helping with your COPD. all the best

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