• Erin Fairbanks

What is Diabetic Neuropathy & How does it affect my feet?



Q. What is Diabetic Neuropathy and how does it affect my feet?

A: Diabetic Neuropathy is a damaging of the nerves caused by diabetes.

Diabetic Neuropathy can have different symptoms depending on which nerves in your feet have

been damaged:

• If the damage is to the sensory nerves one may experience feelings of pain, burning or numbness in their feet and toes.

• If the damage is to the motor nerves, one may experience pain as well as higher arches and stray toes that seem to point in a different direction than the rest.

•If the damage is to the autonomic nerves, one may experience a higher level of dryness to their feet. This is caused by a lack of sweat to your feet.


It is important to look at your feet every day if you suffer from diabetes. If you are unable to reach your, feet try using a mirror or calling your local Chiropodist for help.

If you suffer from diabetes, you should have your feet checked by a medical professional at least once per year.

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