Diabetic and Can't Feel Feet?
Questions Answered by Leading Local Doctors
Numbness and loss of sensation in the feet is never normal. One of the most common causes of loss of sensation is diabetic neuropathy. This is a type of “nerve damage”, which can occur secondary to high blood sugar, as seen in diabetes. The nerves of the feet are most frequently affected, but progression to the hands is also not uncommon. Symptoms can range from mild, non-painful numbness to painful burning sensations. While common, diabetic neuropathy can be prevented or slowed with better blood glucose control, appropriate diet, and healthy activities.
Loss of sensation to the feet does increase the risk of open wounds, infection, and possibly amputation. Daily self foot examinations, avoidance of barefoot walking, appropriate shoes, and prompt evaluation of any changes to the lower extremities is important to prevent complications. Evaluation and assessment by a podiatrist has been showed to decrease risks of complication in diabetic patients.Dr. Michael Coyer, DPM, AACFAS