1. WHAT IS NEUROPATHY?
Neuropathy is the gradual loss of nerve function in the feet and legs due to diabetes, leprosy, pressure area on feet and others.
The most common and significant change is loss of feeling, or touch sensation.
2. HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE NEUROPATHY?
Neuropathy usually comes on slowly. You may not notice it at first because it is the absence or reduction of sensation.
It is hard to be aware of something you cannot feel! A physical examination by your doctor or foot care specialist and sometimes special tests can help in making the diagnosis.
3. IF NEUROPATHY CAUSES LOSS OF FEELING, WHY DO MY FEET SOMETIMES HURT OR TINGLE?
Neuropathy can cause the nerves to 'charge' or transmit impulses that you can experience as numbness, tingling, shooting pain, burning sensation, pins and needles, electric shock sensation of any combinations or the above.
4. DO ALL DIABETICS GET NEUROPATHY?
The likelihood of getting neuropathy increases with age . The longer you have diabetes, the increased chance you have of developing neuropathy.
Many cases are mild, but some are severe. The Severity of the neuropathy does not necessarily correspond to the severity of diabetes. Some people with mild diabetes can have severe neuropathy and vice versa.
5. WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO MY FEET IF I HAVE NEUROPATHY, BECAUSE OF LOSS OF SENSATION?
You can injure your feet without knowing it. For example, a person with neuropathy may let a cut or sore of the foot get out of hand simply because it does not feel painful, and not realise it is there.
6. IN WHAT WAYS CAN NEUROPATHY HURT MY FEET?
If you wear a pair of poorly fitting shoes, blisters or open sores(ulcers) can form and may lead on to further complications.
At first, they can cause small problems which can grow into serious ones.
7. DOES THIS MEAN I SHOULD SEE A DOCTOR EVEN IF I HAVE A SMALL FOOT INJURY OR A MINOR INFECTION?
Yes, all too often a patient notices an area of swelling or redness, but fails to seek attention because it does not hurt.
This is due to neuropathy. The most dangerous fact about neuropathy is the ‘absence of feeling’ because this allows the injury to go unrecognised & a result of this, patient might lose the limb.
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