Muscle & Joint Pain in Diabetes

Diabetic Patients suffer from muscle and joint problems very frequently in day to day life. Due to diabetic neuropathy & circulatory problems the muscles get atrophied(wasted). The tendons (attachment of the muscle to the bones) may become stiff and contracted due to the walking imbalance associated with peripheral neuropathy.

This walking imbalance forces the foot and joints to move in ways that are not healthy. In addition, they may stiffen in this bent position because of the excess blood sugar combining with the proteins in the joints. This is called diabetic glycosylation of the joints.

This, combined with the normal imbalance all people, including non-diabetics, are subject to, can lead to stiff hammertoes, bunions, spurs, and tiny fractures with dislocation of the bones (called Diabetic Charcot Deformity). These problems can be sources of pain, infection, ulceration and major medical concern.

With consent from your foot healthcare provider, foot rollers, massage and specially made shoes and inserts might be the best way to deal with these muscle and joint problems.

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  • Massage with Sesame oil (tilli ka tel). it is messy but it does work.

  • Massage with any oil can give soothing effect provided it is done properly in a scientific manner.Massage alone did not work in most of the cases. Proper foot care is essential.

  • Dr. Pallavi- are you disbitic expert , if yes, r u in NCR. if yes, give me mail id, phone no and address.

    Regards

    Sunil Mittal

    09799786404

  • Dear Mr. Mittal. I am a physiotherapist by qualification practicing in Mumbai & specializing in Lower Limb Biomechanics & Diabetic foot conditions. We also provide orthotic insoles for diabetic people if needed.

  • sirji pls post my comment on this address.my son tried to post comment but he doesn't know much how to operate computer.

    (http://diabetesindia.healthunlocked.com/blogs/781131/muscle--joint-pain-in-diabetes?ref=email_daily)

    Namaste Dr pallaviji.

    last year On Mr SB Sidh advice I took my mother diabetic foot treatment from your clinic. it has helped her alot and due to herbal medicine of SB SIDH has helped my mother to reduce the sugar level a lot. Her 20 unit insulin has reduced. Unfortunately while travelling back my bag was stolen, in which your card and other documents were kept.Today my son saw your name in net and mention me about you. I'm very happy to say that, in month of May I will be visiting Mumbai to meet SB SIDH and for sure I will getting my mother to your clinic. Her knee pain has reduced alot since you explained her how to do massage on calf muscle.Even My sister coming to meet SB SIDH for diabetes problem and she will be also coming to your clinic.

  • doctor can u pls provide us with ur clinic's address, contact no and timings??

  • If you tried expensive cream and oil which come in TV commercial and steroid Injections in Joints and now Doctor suggested Operation. Better has Last Resolve just Try Joint Rehabilitate Oil .

    save yourself , family and friends from these severe pain try Joint Rehabilitate Oil.

    No need to suffer from pain of Arthritis , Neck Pain , Slip Disc , Joint Pain , Back Pain, Accidental Traumatic Injuries and other Musculoskeletal / Neuromuscular painful disorders.

    engr.samirkhan@gmail.com

  • Thanks.

  • i am 56 years.....80-82 kgs-------5 ft....sugar variations in levels always...added to this cancer (CML)patient...taking insulin,tablets in the morning and evening....because of this medication, fed up...sometimes very restless with depression....please advise

  • Sir, I am not a qualified Psychologist to answer your question. But i can understand your problem. Diabetes management is tedious & regular medication is integral part of it, so don't get depressed or frustrated. Schedule a time for diet & medication & take that as routine part of life like eating, drinking & bathing etc.

    Try & stay active. Find a hobby & spend your time in activities that you like to do. Talk to the Family & Friends about your feeling, that will definitely help you & them also to understand your trouble. If you can join or create a group with people having same problems then you can share your experience with them also.

  • mr moin please reply me

  • sir,Iam a pre diabetic having blood suger level107........140.slim,60 years old,tall, 58 kg.I HAVE JOINT PAIN AND NOW MY LEFT RING FINGER,SOMETIMES BEND AND VERY DIFFICULT AND PAINFUL TO COME TO THE ORIGINAL POSITION.WHAT COULD BE THE REASON FOR THAT?IT IS HIGH DURING NIGHT.I AM A RETIRED GOVT SERVANT.I HAVE SLIGHT BLOOD PRESSURE AND HAVING ON MEDICATION.EXPECTING A REPLY FROM YOU..THANK YOU..........CHANDRIKA

  • Sir,Your problem is Neuro related. Please consult a good Neuro-Physician in nearby area. Also check with your Cardiologist, sometime a side affect of the Blood Pressure medication can also cause these kind of problem.

  • Thanks a lot for your timely advice.I will see the neuro physician today.In fact I HAVE ALREADY SEEN A DR,AND HE HAD GIVEN VITAMINS,CALCIUM ETC.BUT AT NIGHT THE PROBLEM STILL EXISTS.HAEMOGLOBIN IS ALSO LOW IN BLOOD TEST.THANKS FOR YOUR MESSAGE.MAY GOD BLESS YOU IN ALL WALKS OF YOUR LIFE...........

  • Thank You Sir..

  • Dear Dr Pallavi,

    Thank you for your messages, keep up the good work!

  • Thank You Sir.

  • Dr Pallavi,

    I have read your some of the suggestions. Really inspiring, keep guiding all of us. Regards

  • Thank You Sir.

  • Dr Pallavi, You hve been kind enough to advise many patients querries. ThkX for all this. I am 70 years old deabetese patient on morning evng insulin and oral medication. My weight has gone up bec I have not been moving around. The moment I start walking after ten twenty steps mysoles get numb, there is pain inb my leg muscles. If i sit down for five ten minutes I can furthher walk ten twenty steps and so on. I can not take exercise or walk bec of this. Can u suggest ways to get rid of this pain please ?

  • Dear Sir,

    What you doing is right & keep on Continuing. Due to diabetes & Obesity the Heart also has to work harder to meet the demand of your body so you get tired easily. Take break in between while walking & sit for 5 min every 10-20 step & again start walking.

    What you need next is 3 things.

    1. Count max. steps that you can take before sitting.

    2. When you are sitting take deep breathing that will fill you blood with more oxygen, & help the heart to relax & lung too work smoothly.

    3. Start the walk again & the count step.

    Continue this for 15-20 min. Two or three time is the day.

    Your aim is to increase the number of steps everyday & to reduce the rest time in between.

    Take care of your diet & medication. If can fix a time for both then your body will work better.

    Never over exert yourself to increase your activity at this age, let your body decide it.

    Eat wisely.

    For Diabetic footwear & Socks please visit:

    orthofit.in/web/drc-socks/d...

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    If you are in Mumbai you can visit the clinic.

    contact Orthofit - 022 65701674

  • If you tried expensive cream and oil which come in TV commercial and steroid Injections in Joints and now Doctor suggested Operation. Better has Last Resolve just Try Joint Rehabilitate Oil .

    save yourself , family and friends from these severe pain try Joint Rehabilitate Oil.

    No need to suffer from pain of Arthritis , Neck Pain , Slip Disc , Joint Pain , Back Pain, Accidental Traumatic Injuries and other Musculoskeletal / Neuromuscular painful disorders.

    engr.samirkhan@gmail.com

  • If you tried expensive cream and oil which come in TV commercial and steroid Injections in Joints and now Doctor suggested Operation. Better has Last Resolve just Try Joint Rehabilitate Oil .

    save yourself , family and friends from these severe pain try Joint Rehabilitate Oil.

    No need to suffer from pain of Arthritis , Neck Pain , Slip Disc , Joint Pain , Back Pain, Accidental Traumatic Injuries and other Musculoskeletal / Neuromuscular painful disorders.

    engr.samirkhan@gmail.com

  • Dr Pallavi ji,

    I had my left head shoulder pain experiencing for last one year. i am a diabetic for last 10 years and relatively in control most of the time 78 kg Weight with 6 Ft hight. Can you please suggest a way fwd. also i am a left hander by birth and my right hand never pains like left hand.

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