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Foot Care Q&A: Part 1

by Joy Pape, RN, BSN, CDE, WOCN, CFCN

Dr. Scheffler: It depends on the type of neuropathy. Is it painful, or is it numb? Is it in early or late stages? There are some vitamins that may be helpful, and there are oral medicines such as gabapentin (brand name Neurontin), Lyrica, and Cymbalta. Don’t listen to your neighbors’ advice; get advice from your foot doctor!

Dennis Janisse: Proper shoes and inserts can help a lot.

Editor’s note: This concludes Part 1 of “Foot Care Questions and Answers.” Stay tuned for Part 2, which will cover shoes, socks, shoe inserts, and pedicures for people who have diabetes.

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