Diabetes

Tingling, Numbness and Burning in Feet and Toes- Signs of Diabetes

footFeelings of numbness, tingling or burning in the toes and feet could mean you might be suffering from Diabetes. These symptoms cannot be ignored as they are warning signs of Diabetes according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS).

Ankle and foot surgeons opine that numbness, burning and tingling symptoms could be due to a condition known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy or nerve damage. Neuropathy occurring in the feet could cause permanent numbness, dry skin with cracks opening up and not healing and
deformities such as hammertoes and bunions.

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is painful as well as dangerous, according to Dr. John M Guirini, foot and ankle surgeon from Boston. It is a major cause for foot ulcers among people suffering from Diabetes.

The symptoms can also be due to a thyroid problem, back problem, nutritional deficiencies and pinching of nerves in the ankle area. In the US, Diabetes is a leading cause of peripheral neuropathy and this could lead to foot complications.

Neuropathy pain can be treated by medicines. Damaged nerve cannot, of course, be reversed.

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