Foot Neuropathy - Loss of Feeling in Feet




Neuropathy refers to loss of feeling in the feet and can occur as a result of complications in people with diabetes. The most common form of neuropathy is peripheral neuropathy, which occurs when the nerves that run from the brain to the organs, muscles, skin and glands are impaired.


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This condition can cause inability to feel heat, cold or even pain, therefore diabetics may not be able to feel any cuts or sores on the soles of their feet. If left untreated these minor cuts and sores could get infected and result in ulceration which could lead to amputation. Therefore people with diabetes should perform a daily check of their feet to prevent any problems occurring. Neuropathy associated with other medical conditions or disorders require similar advice regarding foot care.



Prevention and Treatment:

  • Visit a Podiatrist/Chiropodist for advice on orthotics and further information.
  • Control diabetes i.e. keep blood glucose levels steady and maintain healthy blood pressure.
  • Limit alcohol consumption.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Regular exercise.
  • Have regular physical examinations and blood/urine tests.
  • Wear sensible footwear that is comfortable, spacious and supportive.
  • Ensure shoes have removable insoles to allow for a good cushioning foot orthotic

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