Diabetes can cause a person to lose the feeling in their toes and feet. This complication of diabetes often develops in a gradual manner which means that people may not notice it occurring. Losing the feeling in your feet is dangerous because you can hurt yourself more easily.
If you can’t feel, then you don’t know if you are in pain which means you could stand on something sharp or stub your toe causing damage to your feet without even realising it. Diabetic neuropathy can also cause symptoms of pain, numbness, burning or pins and needles.
If you have Diabetes it is important for you to monitor the level of feeling you have in your feet so that you can avoid causing unnecessary harm to your feet. Our Podiatrists and Chiropodists can perform regular checks on nerve function in your lower limbs to test your ability to feel pressure and sensation in your feet and toes.
This means our Podiatrist can forewarn you if you are losing your feeling in your feet allowing you to prepare for when the feeling is completely gone. The neuropathy test is pain free and conducted using a tool called a monofilament.