One of the many sometimes painful side affects of amputations is neuropathy. In my case I lost a few toes on my left foot, and my big toe on my right foot. After several operations you have to learn to adjust to these amputations and the permanent nerve damage that follows. There are many ways that neuropathy can affect you after these procedures.
In my case I have stiffness in both feet. The left being worse due to multiple amputations. The right foot have slightly improved over time, as some feeling has returned, as my foot doctor said it would.
Weather change can be a big adjustment to your feet. I usually experience more stiffness in the colder months. I do exercise my feet and legs to help ease the pain, but I have to be careful not to bang my feet into an object, which can lead to swelling or infection. .
I recently starting eating a small naval orange once per day, and my feet have felt better. I read several articles about how citrus fruit can help ease nerve pain. It definitely worked for me.
The questions you may have as a diabetic is oranges aren’t typically a safe fruit to help your blood sugar. I used to drink orange juice if my blood sugar went too low, and it had a crash and burn affect. Small portions of sugar candies tend to work better if your sugar goes too low. So I basically wrote off oranges and orange juice as being dangerous to my blood sugar control.
I have kept my blood sugar levels in the 5.0-5.7 range for the last five years, with very little episodes of low blood sugar. I tried oranges again, and this time they worked for my neuropathy. My blood sugar levels remain stable.
In part 2of this blog I will talk about what my diabetic doctor thinks of this after I see her Friday. Again I’d say try small oranges to see if it can help your nerve pain as well, and continue to monitor your blood sugar.
Stay safe and healthy!